An Overview of Library Resources at the Miller Center Learning Resources & Technology Services James W. Miller Learning Resources Center St. Cloud State University http://lrts.stcloudstate.edu
Jump start your research process Focus on several basic tools available to students Demonstrate the library’s catalog: MnPALS and the database Academic Search Premier Provide contacts for further assistance
Many of the LR &TS library resources are available from your desktop Toaccess the libraries’ resources go to: http://lrts.stcloudstate.edu/library/ Don’tforget to contact us if you need further assistance.
Your research begins with your topic, research question(s) and/or thesis statement The early stage of research is the discovery phase, a good time to clarify and focus your topic Search terms are key to finding information! Start your research with a Subject GuideSelect a specific guide forsubject-specific resources suchas:dictionaries, encyclopedias, databases, and other resources
Need ideas for an argument , current events, or research paper? Take a look at following resource tools!1. CQ Researcher • Reliable, unbiased, and in-depth information on a wide variety of current issues. Excellent for browsing hot topics.2. Opposing Viewpoints • Provides overviews and multiple points of view on contemporary social issues. Includes viewpoint articles, articles drawn from popular magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary sources, statistics, podcasts, and links to Websites on topics ranging from abortion to illegal immigration, from gambling to war crimes.3. Facts.com (World News Digest) • FACTS.com brings together content from reference sources about events, issues, statistics and people of the last 20 years. Special features include maps, photographs, historic documents, and overviews of key issues, newsmakers and events since 1980.
Look for background information*Dictionaries Encyclopedias Fact Books Almanacs and other fact based resources
Start with Library Search on the library home pageSpanish dictionary
Results Note: availability, call number, location, format
Use limits to refine and Limit by format Limit by location narrow your search
No problem! Using Library Search you can look for books by keyword or subject heading … cats dogs For more detailed searches Use “and “ to combine terms, use “or” to search similar terms at the same time. use advanced search
Click here Search journal titles, subject categories and more Review the results and click on the “Find It! link to determine the format: including electronic, print, microfil m or microfiche
Searching for articles is relatively easy… 1. Use the Library Search – Articles and databases tab to start your search Use the “Find” box to start searching, you may select general topic databases or a specific subject area.
This section indicates thequantity of results fromeach database searched You may print, email, or save your results Articles are listed by the databases that they come Click on view to display from, information includes additional information the including an abstract, to title, journal, volume, etc… determine if our library owns this particular journal you may select “SCSU FindIt!”
Know the name of a specific database? Want to browse… If so click on the “All Databases” link under “Articles and databases” Databases are listed alphabetically, with brief descriptions and years of coverage
Article databases vary in topics, years covered, and search screen Remember to use the “Find It” button to check MnPALS for availability Know the difference: • Scholarly articles Peer-reviewed, usually more than 5 pages, includes references • Popular press General audience, attractive, advertisements, glossy paper
Want to add structure to your paper/project? • Try our Assignment Calculator Not sure how to cite resources and prevent plagiarism? • Check out our links to citing resources • Or better yet…use RefWorks, our Web based citation manager One time registration required! (Group Code for registration: RWStCloudSU) Additional resources available at: • Course Guides
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