MC 2103 Basic Writing

General Information:


The John Vaughan Library Physical Overview provides introductory material to the library's collections and services. The Research Strategies provides an overview to the research process. Use the library tutorials to reinforce topics that are covered in class.

There are no fines on regular books that are overdue.  There are fines for Reserve and other special materials.  Circulation has listings on fine information. Magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference materials do not circulate.

We do have closed stack areas in the library.  Archives, Special Collections, Reserve, and some older materials are in closed stacks.  The researcher requests materials and these are pulled for you.  Some materials can't be copied based on copyright and fragility of the documents.

K-12 textbooks are located on the second floor in Curriculum Materials.

Interlibrary Loan is available for items not found in our library.  Inquire at either of the 1st floor service desks for information.

Each user id has a 400 page per semester print limit.  This is only in the library.  Other labs have additional limits.

Journalism Overview:

Journalism materials are classified in the PNs.  On the first floor are journalism dictionaries, style manuals and other reference tools.  On second floor and in electronic format are the journals available in Journalism.  On third floor are the circulating books, such as books on improving writing and examples of good reporting.  There are also useful videos (All the President's Men) available at the Reserve Desk.  A listing of subject resources is available for Mass Comm.

Books and Magazines:

Online Catalog (Indexes library holdings, including Special Collections.  Does not include Archives and articles within magazines, journals, and newspapers.)
Library of Congress

Other databases

Newspaper sources:

The Northeastern--available in Special Collections and Archives
Daily Oklahoman--2nd collection
Tahlequah Spec. Collections
Muskogee, Ft. Gibson, Sequoyah (April to present in paper in Special Collections)
Tulsa World is in Special Collections
New York Times Historical
NewsBank (Tulsa World, Daily Oklahoman)
Newspaper Source

Approaching Questions:

Try to define that for which you are looking and break it down into smaller parts.
 Library of Congress

Where information can be found:
Defining terms--dictionaries, both general (OED) and subject dictionaries. Overview of topic:  encyclopedias (Encyclopaedia Britannica)
Histories, trends, etc.--books (online catalog, Addresses--directories, both online and in print (don't forget the telephone & Information services)
Legal --print, Internet, courthouses, Westlaw
Statistics--federal and state government depts., bureaus, agencies, United States Statistical Abstract (Ref. HA 202) Oklahoma Statistical Abstract, U.S. Census Bureau, World Almanac and Book of Facts (Ready Ref. AY 67.N5W7)
OSBI <>  Includes statistics and public record news releases.
Facts:  Facts on File Yearbook Ref. D 410.F3, CIA World Fact Book (Ref. G 122.U56a), ACCRA Cost of Living Index (Ref. HB 235.U6C58) See example of comparison,
Consumer Price Index ,
Expertise--professional associations (Encyclopedia of Associations Ref. HS 17.G334), professors, published authors in field

Public records

Non-directory information about a person is considered private and not released until you die. Census information is not released for 72 years. To locate a death record from 1983, you need to contact the Vital Statistics or records office of the appropriate state.

Government info:
John Vaughan Library Government Resources

Federal Government info:
U.S. Government Information <>
Thomas <> current legislative information

Oklahoma state info:
Oklahoma Public Records Finder
Oklahoma State Government Online <>

Oklahoma County info:
Oklahoma County Public Records
Tulsa County <>
Oklahoma Counties <>

Legal info:
Findlaw Oklahoma <>
Westlaw Campus
Many of the resources listed above are available through the John Vaughan Library Home Page. Using your NT userid and password, these resources may be used from any location.

    SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
    Instructor of Library Services
    Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
    Resource Coordinator
    (918) 444-3267

Page maintained by: SB Threatt
Last Updated: 08/07/2012