Eng 1213 -- Biggers
Introduction to the NSU Libraries
Research Strategy -- Provides steps and concepts involving the research process.
EbscoHost Searching Menu of tutorials about searching EbscoHost databases.
Citations and Plagiarism-- How to cite most common resources using MLA and APA
How is the NSU library organized?Maps
Physical Overview to the Library
Library of Congress
How do I use the databases?
As a topic is identified, choose key terms that describe the
topic. Consider synonyms, as well. Use the Articles and Databases Web page to identify useful databases. After
selecting a database, use the Help screens for suggestions in using it
effectively. Try the thesaurus to determine subject headings used
in the database. Use boolean
logic to formulate a search strategy. Go for exactly
what you are trying to locate, and broaden the search if nothing is
found. If a subject heading is identified, use it. When a
good resource is found, check to see how it is indexed (what subject
headings are used).
Information can be shared in a variety of formats and examples are as follows:
|Books||Shows trends, gives history of topic, provides definitions, theories||Library Catalog
|Journals||Covers current research on scholarly topics||Academic
Articles and Databases
|Magazines||Report on popular topics, news||Reader's
|Newspapers||Report on popular topics, news||Newspaper Source Plus,
NewsBank Newsfile (Oklahoma papers)
New York Times
||Publications on all topics prepared by federal and state agencies.||NSU
|Audio Visuals||Graphic representation of topic||Library Catalog|
|Internet||Provides quick, full text information, especially on current topics.||
Some reliable approaches to finding good Web
sources can also be found at
How do I know if a website is reliable?
We recommend you consider at least these five common elements of a website to decide if it is reliable:
Accuracy - author or institution that published the page, contact info. supplied
Authority - domain is .edu, .gov
Objectivity - limited or no advertising, not persuasive or bias
Currency - information updated recently, links work and go to other trustworthy sites
Coverage - no special software needed, no pop-ups or downloads, free to access information
Read more details about these criteria at Cornell Library.
One example of a reliable website that would be useful for this assignment is procon.org
Information about Presidential Candidates
How do I cite sources using M.L.A. style?
The Citations and Plagiarism tutorial provides a good overview to citing resources.
The M.L.A. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is located
on the first floor at the call number, Ref. LB 2369.G53.
Also, try the MLA Web site and the Purdue OWL. For
in citing sources, try KnightCite
How do I acquire materials not available at NSU?
is available free of charge in which books and copies of articles can
be borrowed from other libraries. Allow approximately two weeks
for interlibrary loan requests to be received.
Can I access library resources from off campus?
Feel free to use this Web
page for your research. Many of the resources listed above are
also available through the John
Vaughan Library Home Page.
With your userid and password, these resources may be used from
any location at any time.
How can I find government information about my topic?
Our first inclination when starting research is often to search Google. This can be a wonderful place to begin and by using "site:gov" in the search box with your search terms, the webistes will all have .gov in their address. While this will not cover all government sites, some are .us, .mil, .com, it will improve your search results.
The official Republican candidate's website will have links to their position on issues;
Mitt Romney - "Issues" drop-down at the top
Newt Gingrich - "Get the Facts" button
Rick Santorum - "Issues" tab at top of page
For President Obama's position on issues, the White House website has a section called Issues;
Other non-bias government information on issues can be found:
CRS Reports (Congressional Research Service from Library of Congress) - the first link from UNT and OpenCRS are the best sources.
GAO Reports (Government Accounting Office)
CBO Publications (Congressional Budget Office)
Government information by subject from St. Mary's University Library lead to other, credible websites with links to government information about a topic.
How do I get help?
The reference librarians are here to help you. Feel free to contact us directly or go to the Reserve Desk and ask for us to be called.
SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
Instructor of Library Services
Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
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Last Updated: 08/07/2012