The Internet has lots of
but not all websites are appropriate
for college and university assignments.
There are no controls on the Internet.
Anyone can create a website and say whatever they want.
Too much information! It’s hard to sort through it all to find
what you need.
You need to know you have reliable information for college
& university assignments.
This is where the Library comes in…
The Library provides many reliable
information sources, and can help you
find what you need for your
“Okay, how do I find
information in the Library?”
o Understand your assignment!
o Read it over carefully.
o What is it you are expected to do?
o If something isn’t clear to you, ask
Choose a Topic
Pick something you’re interested in.
Make your topic specific.
Do some background reading to get
familiar with your topic.
Look up terms you don’t understand.
o Reference books (encyclopedias,
o Your course textbook
o Check the Catalogue for other books
related to your topic
The Library website is where you begin.
Decide what kinds of information you need.
o Journal articles?
o Statistics & data?
o Government documents?
The kind of information you need depends
on the type of assignment you have to do.
Are you writing an essay or research paper?
Do you need facts or opinion?
Do you need current or historical information?
Are you looking at different viewpoints
about an issue?
Note the Call Number and Location
to help you find the item.
The Call Number is the item’s
“address” on the shelves.
Status tells you which
library the item belongs
to and if it’s available.
Location tells you
where to go in the
library to find the item.
o Act as an item’s address
on the shelves.
o Are a combination of
letters and numbers.
o Are read line by line.
o Visit the Info Desk for help.
Electronic resource indicates that the
item is an e-book.
Click on the link to access the book online.
Not finding what you need in the Search?
o Check the spelling of your search terms.
o Try variations of your search terms, such as:
o Synonyms, i.e. adolescents, youths, teenagers
o Closely related words, i.e. computer games, video games
o Alternate spellings, i.e. behavior, behaviour
o Plural or singular, i.e. women, woman
o Try broader search terms, i.e. canada instead of ontario
o Try more specific terms, i.e. anorexia instead of eating
Articles are great when you want:
o Information on a specific topic
o Up-to-date information on current
events, new products, trends, or the
latest research on a topic
o Different viewpoints on an issue
The Library subscribes to many
which provide you access to
thousands of online magazines,
journals, newspapers & similar
Databases allow you to search several
publications at once...
...so your searching is faster and
more efficient than browsing
one publication at a time!
Many of the Library’s
articles are available
in their entirety
through these databases.
What’s the difference
journal and a magazine?
• Not scholarly
• Written by reporters, feature
• Wide audience
• No abstracts or references
• Glossy, with pictures
• Usually < 5 pages
• Written by subject experts
• Report on original research
• Specific audience
• Includes an abstract and
• Usually no pictures
• No advertisements
• Usually > 5 pages
To find articles on any topic
You search online,
through the Library website
There are now more ways to Search for articles!
Begin the same way
as books in
Or Nipissing Search.
results to view
Don’t forget to
Online link as
Another way to find Articles from specific fields of
study is to return to the Home Page www.eclibrary.ca
Select a subject
related to your
topic, or choose
General databases provide articles on a
variety of subjects. Other databases are
Search using single words or short phrases that
best represent the main ideas of your topic.
If you get too many results, you need to
narrow your search.
Adding another search term results in fewer,
more relevant results.
When using multiple search terms, join them with “and”.
Selecting Academic Journals in Source Types
will limit the results to these publications only.
Clicking on a Subject adds that term to the
search and focuses the results.
To find out more about an article, hold your cursor
over the article preview icon or click on the title.
To get the full article, look for a full text
link, or click on
Off-Campus Access to E-Resources
Username = WebAdvisor ID
Password = WebAdvisor password
Username = student number
Password = birthdate (ddmmyy)
Another Way to Find Articles
If you’ve found a good article, look at the
references to see what sources the
You may find more articles related to your
Evaluate the information you find…
No matter where your information
comes from, you need to look at it
critically to decide if it is reliable and
relevant to your assignment.
Ask yourself a few questions.
Is the author a subject expert?
Is the information current?
Is the information relevant to your topic?
Is the information intended to provide facts, or to
entertain, promote an opinion, or sell something?
Was it written at a level appropriate for your topic
and type of assignment?
o Write it down,
o save it on a USB key,
o email it to yourself, or
o print your information
You will need to include all your sources in a list of references.
Make sure you keep track of all the sources
you use for information.
We’re here to help!
Visit us at the Info Desk or contact us at:
o 705-474-3450 ext. 4221
o Or 1-800-655-5154 (choose Library)