Accessing Information Resources at
Central Methodist University
A guide for distance
What do I need to do to find Quality
o Overview: What is the “Big Picture”
o Identify your topic and keywords
o Decide what resources you need
o Gather your resources, check credibility
o Reject any duds, refine search if needed
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
Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3
OR AND Offenders AND Law
Adolescents OR OR
OR Criminals Punishment
The Or Connector Tells The Computer To Retrieve Items With Either
Example: Gets articles with (teenagers or juveniles or adolescents)
The And Connector Tells The Computer To Retrieve Items With Both
Example: Gets articles with both law and punishment.
What kind of resources do you need?
– Check the Quest and Mobius Catalogs
– Check the databases
– Use the links available on the library webpage
The library has two catalogs for books on its
– QUEST: This smaller catalog is for our cluster
and contains items from CMU, UCM, MO Valley,
– MOBIUS: This larger catalog contains items from
libraries all over the state
Both catalogs are linked off the “Catalogs
and Databases” web page.
Enter your name and
ID number plus CMU
Choose your pickup cluster &
location.You can choose any
Click submit. You will get an email when
the book has arrived
Databases are services the library
subscribes to, in order to provide access to
They are not the same as web pages or web
The biggest general database we have is
Academic Search Premier, under
Your can also use the
visual search to
browse for items
similar to your topic
Finding Web Resources
Go to the Library Webpage
Click on “Web Resources”
– The links included are safe to use for research
– They are organized by subject area
If you find results using Google, evaluate the
web site carefully
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
Fill in all the
as you can
Identify your search topic and terms
Look in the QUEST and MOBIUS Catalogs
Look in the databases for articles
Can’t get it? Interlibrary Loan
Questions or Problems? Ask Us!