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A Library Research Guide

Find articles and essays
Tips for effective searching
How do I find a copy of the article?
Find background information
Find books
Writing arguments
Finding scholarly web sites
Citing sources

These are only some of the sources that may be useful to you.  Please contact me for help with any of your research, Sylvia Morra, x1452 or email AskUs.

Choosing databases to find articles and essays

For continuing education & distance learning students to access databases go to the library home page: and click on "Database access from outside E-town network" at the top of the middle column. Enter your network ID and password. Return here to use the database links.

Get beyond Google by using some of the databases below, which contain both popular and scholarly articles. Although they deliver their content through the web, these databases are paid for through library subscriptions. Information found here would not generally be found for free on the web; articles have been written by subject experts or professional journalists and reviewed by peers and editors.

All subject areas
Pro and con issues

CQ Researcher (1991 + )
    This online periodical presents excellent pro/con issues on current events.

Congressional Research Reports for the People
    Check here for issues/briefings that were researched for Congress.

Academic Search Premier (varies)
     Continue your search in this multi-disciplinary database that indexes 4700 journals. Full text for more than 3600 scholarly journals. Indexing goes back to 1975 for some journals.


Business Source Elite (varies)
    This business database provides full text for nearly 1,100 business publications, including full text for nearly 500 peer-reviewed business publications. The rich collection of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985.

Lexis Nexis Academic (varies)
    On the main search page, search by company name.
    Click on News on the far left menu and select Business and Industry for news stories in that category.
    Click on Business on the far left menu and search for company profile information, SEC filings, etc.
    On the search interface on the left side of the web page select Sources then Browse Sources. Select the topic area such as Companies and Organizations to find company information

Communication and Mass Media Complete (varies)
     Start your research here. Includes topics such as: communication, news, public relations, advertising, marketing, etc.

SocINDEX with Full Text. 1908+. Articles from over 700 sociological journals, covering topics such as abortion, criminal justice, gender studies, marriage and family, religion and urban sociology.

Lexis Nexis Academic (varies)
    Find full text news stories here from a variety of international, national, and regional newspapers as well as newswire reports.

Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Collection

SocINDEX with Full Text. 1908+. Articles from over 700 sociological journals, covering topics such as abortion, criminal justice, gender studies, marriage and family, religion and urban sociology.

JSTOR (varies)
This full text database includes older issues of journals dealing with the social sciences topics as well as literature, math, religion, music, and art.

Religious Studies/ Peace and Conflict Studies
Humanities International Complete. (1925+)
    Find articles covering literature, philosophy, the arts, history, and culture.

ATLA Religion (1949+)
Covers topics in philosophy, religion, theology, sociology, etc.

JSTOR (varies)
This full text database includes older issues of journals dealing with religious studies topics as well as the social sciences, literature, math, music, and art.

Criteria for Scholarly vs. Popular Journals

Tips for effective searching
Be persistent in your searching.

Try both keyword and subject searching.

Narrow a search by using subject headings. Locate subject headings by looking at the descriptors associated with pertinent articles and books. 

Try these tips to narrow your search?

Try synonyms (AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Can't think of any synonyms? Try an online thesaurus. Try these tips to expand your search.

Try both singular and plural forms of words. Use an "*" in Academic Search Premier to get a variety of word endings.

If searching a compound word, try it as one word and as two words (e.g. rain forest or rainforest) to see which retrieves the most useful results.

If searching a term with an internal dash, search the term in each database with and without the internal dash (e.g. x-ray vs. x ray) to see which retrieves the most useful results.

How do I find a copy of the article?
What is available here and now?
Find full text articles in journals using the following link: Locate E-town Journals.
    Type the name of the journal next to 'Find:'. Press 'Search'.
        Full text can be electronic or within the library in paper, microfiche or microfilm.

Check the publication dates of the article against the listing of years for the database . If the database includes those years, click on the link, add in an author's name or title of the article. The full text link should appear at the end of the citation.

If the article publication date doesn't match with the coverage in the database, click on 'Within the High Library'.  
    Current year paper issues of journals in the High Library are on the entrance level.
    Older print journals are on Level One, alphabetically by journal title.
    If the journal is in microfiche or microfilm, copies can be made in the library. Ask the reference librarian or circulation student assistants for help.   Order copies online by using ILLiad   Click on Request an Article and fill out the form. You will receive an email when the article is available on ILLiad for downloading.

What if it is not here?
Order items from another library, if The High Library doesn't own that specific journal or have it for the years that you need it. Requesting the article can be done through the databases or through the following software link: ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan). Allow a minimum of 4-5 working days for the article to arrive.  Continuing Education students should supply their home addresses on the requests.

Find background information
General Subject Specific Encyclopedias listed below have summary articles and bibliographies. Use these sources for preliminary research to establish your topic and aid you in narrowing it. Choose a topic that connects to your own experiences and can engage and sustain your interests as well as the interests of your readers. The topic you choose should be one that is significant and can be debated. The more you know about a topic, the easier it will be for you to find good questions to ask in your paper.

Handbook of Persuasive Tactics. 1994. Ref 302.2 M956h

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management. 2005. 13 volumes. Ref 658.003 B632
International Encyclopedia of Business and Management.
1996. 6 volumes. Ref 650.03 In61

Handbook of International and Intercultural Communication. 2002. Ref 302.2 H236 2002
Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications. 2003. 4 volumes. Ref 302.23 En56

Criminal Justice
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice. 2002. 4 volumes. Ref 364.03 En56 2002.
Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior.
2001. 4 volumes. Ref 364.03 En562
Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. 2004. Ref 363.25 B435e
Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement.
2005. 3 volumes. Ref 363.2 En56
Organized Crime: from Trafficking to Terrorism
. 2008. 2 volumes. Ref 364.106 Or682
Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities.
2005. 2 volumes. Ref 365.973 En562

Religious Studies
Encyclopedia of Religion. 2005. 15 volumes. Ref 203 En56 2005.

Encyclopedia of Sociology. 2000. 5 volumes. Ref 301.03 En56 2000
International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2001. 26 volumes. Ref 300.3 In61

Find books
The High Library catalog will help you find books, videos, CDs, DVDs and other materials.

For books not available at the High Library use WorldCat.

Writing Arguments
Nuts and Bolts of College Writing

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant  

Finding scholarly web sites

Google--Advanced search features
    Use the advanced search features of Google to locate PDF documents, focus on only one type of domain name or direct your search to a title or a specific URL. Limit searches to domains like .gov, .edu and .org.

Google Scholar
    From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

  Search more of the web with a a multi-threaded search engine.

Evaluate what you find on the web

To find highly rated academic web sites on specific subjects:
Librarians Index to the Internet
WWW Virtual Library
University of Wisconsin Scout Report

Citing sources
Format references/Works Cited

Print citation guides (all are on permanent reserve at the Library's Circulation Desk)
Keys for Writers

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association.

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