Overview: The Big Picture What kind of paper are you writing? Case study, compare/contrast, lit review, position How many resources do you need? What kind of sources can you use? Print, web, articles, scholarly, etc. What is your timeframe for writing the paper?
Identify Topics and Keywords Write down your topic Identify the main concepts Write down synonyms for your search terms Example: You want to write about how juvenile offenders are punished.
Make a List of Main Concepts and Additional Terms To Describe Your Topic
The Or Connector Tells The Computer To Retrieve Items With Either Term.
Example: Gets articles with (teenagers or juveniles or adolescents) The And Connector Tells The Computer To Retrieve Items With Both Terms. Example: Gets articles with both law and punishment.
What kind of resources do you need? Books Check the Quest and Mobius Catalogs Articles Check the databases Web Resources Use the links available on the library webpage
Finding Books The library has two catalogs for books on its web page QUEST: This smaller catalog is for our cluster and contains items from CMU, UCM, MO Valley, and SFCC MOBIUS: This larger catalog contains items from libraries all over the state Both catalogs are linked off the “Catalogs and Databases” web page.
Click any of these links to reach a specific databases
Which Database? Discovering Collection and Credo Reference Reference materials like encyclopedias and dictionaries A good place to start! Academic OneFileand Academic Search Elite Contain scholarly journal articles Some content is full-text
Subject Databases Infotrac Collections Business Business Source Premier Business & Company Resource Center Reference USA Nursing CINAHL Health and Wellness Resource Center Education Full-text Science Science Full-text Select BioOne ChemLibNetBase Newspapers & Magazines Infotrac Custom Newspapers General OneFile Lexis-Nexis Newsbank
Click on any of these links to access the database Choose this option
Narrow to scholarly resources by clicking “Academic Journals
Use these buttons to share your results Use these limiters to refine your search to full-text or peer-reviewed articles
You can also click on these subject terms to find more results Share your results, translate, or use text reader
Finding Web Resources Go to the Library Webpage Click on “Web Resources” The links included are safe to use for research papers They are organized by subject area If you find results using Google, evaluate the web site carefully
Interlibrary Loan If you find a citation for a book or article and its not in MOBIUS, QUEST, or full-text in the databases, you can request it through our Interlibrary Loan form Interlibrary Loan searches libraries all over the world to get the materials you need. Just click on the “Interlibrary Loan” web page