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A Research Starting Guide  

Not sure where to go or how to start your research! This guide is where you'll find the "best bet" starting points for almost any research.
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Research & Help: Select a Topic

students study togetherReady to Research?  Where to Start?

We look forward to meeting you in person, by email or virtually.  Our goal is to introduce you to the best sources of information from databases on almost any topic!

Click the pulldown arrow and select a topic or course you want to do research!


OR start with the BEST BETS listed below: 

eLibrary Curriculum    (Tutorial)
A smaller database that includes biographies, NPR, news and TV transcripts, magazines, and e-books. One of the best sources for pictures since it includes many Getty Images. Includes charts, graphs, and short video clips.

Student Research Center  BEST BET for Hot Topics!
Includes articles, pictures, biographies, country reports, news, transcripts, and e-books, photos and maps.

SIRS Researcher     (Tutorial)        TIP:  Popular magazines and news ONLY
Includes a list of suggested ethical/opposing topics.  Includes: charts, graphs and pictures, country reports, and maps.

Academic Search Complete   TIP:  Best for getting both scholarly and popular!
Articles from over 4,000 newspapers and magazines. TIP:  click CHOOSE DATABASES (above the search box) and then click "select all > ok" to search over 10,000 publications!

The DATABASES tab offers a longer list of databases to choose from.

      

    Search for Books & More!

    TIPS:

    • The left hand box lets you choose the type of search - Keyword, Author, Title, etc.
    • The right hand box can be used to limit the search to a particular College and/or campus.

    Note:  items located at other colleges may be requested and will transfer to the location you choose in approximately 3 working days.

    Tutorial:  Searching the Library Catalog: Keyword Search

    Gale Virtual Library searches your topic from over 50 different online reference books.  Subjects include:  science, religion, business, and more.

    You can check to see if your Course Textbooks are on Reserve! You can use Reserve items inside the library for a 2-hour time period.  Ask for these at the Circulation Desk.

        
       

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        Writing, Giving Credit, Plagiarism

        STEPS in WRITING A PAPER: walks you through the steps on how to research - from how to pick a top to turning in your paper! It will also give you tips on organizing a paper and giving credit to your sources.

        GIVING CREDIT: MLA, APA, CHICAGO: offers examples and tutorials on how to give credit to your sources.  NoodleTools will help you with this! 

        TIP:  This section includes NoodleTools tutorials.

        PLAGIARISM: What is it?  How can I avoid it? 

            
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