Why do research?Research can lead to information; information can lead to knowledge, and knowledge is powerful. All of the informational resources available originated from someone being curious about something, exploring it, and sharing the findings.
How is the NSU library organized?Maps
Library of Congress
|Identify your interests and possible careers||
1. Take the Myers-Briggs to determine your personality type.
2. Find your Suggested Careers for Myers Briggs Type and select careers from the list.
3. Go to the Occupational Information Network to find specific jobs for a career.
|Check what majors tie in with specific careers
Check what universities have specific majors
|College Majors and Careers Ref. HF 5382.5.U5P445
Great Jobs for English Majors Ref. HF 5382.7.D43
Health Care Careers Directory Ref. R847.A1 D57
College Blue Book: Degrees Offered by College and Subject
Ref. LA 226.C685 Vol.3
Index of Majors and Graduate Degrees Ref. L 901.C744
|Explore the careers
||Encyclopedia of Careers
Ref. HF5381 .E52
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Library Catalog (Nursing books are in Muskogee)
|Look for articles about careers and read
journals in the field.
Search Premier (general journal index)
Masterfile Premier (magazines)
NewsBank Newsfile (Oklahoma newspapers)
Library of Congress
Articles and Databases
|Check books and Web sites for cover letter &
JobStar Central's Resume & Cover Letter Page
|Check job availability
Oklahoma Job Link
Workforce Oklahoma Job Seekers
||ACCRA Cost of Living Index
Ref. HB 235 .U6C58
Places Rated Almanac
Ref. HN 60.S284
Sperling's Best Places
Keyword vs. controlled vocabulary, boolean logic
General research concepts
Research Strategies Tutorial
Internet Search Engines Available
Locating Internet resources
Assess the quality of the Web sites listed below:
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1. Identify authors who are outstanding in their fields, determine the credentials of the author. Does the author have a degree in the field, is the author a professor?
Critically assessing sources
2. Date of publication--is it recent? On Web pages, do the links work?
3. Does the publisher have a good reputation? Is it published by a professional association or university press? Is the journal refereed? On Web pages, check the domain (.edu is educational, .gov is government, .com is commercial, .net is network, .org is organizational)
4. How was the resource received by the critics?
5. Completeness of the material. Does the source have an index, bibliography?
6. Is the language slanted or biased?
7. Does it include well known facts or research studies? Is the information complete, accurate, objective?
8. What is the purpose of the resource? Is it for the general public, children, scholars? Is the goal to market persuade, educate?
Have you tried, books, magazines, journals, newspapers, government publications, Internet sources, interviews, audio visuals? If not, you aren't done! Remember, research is empowering.
Am I done yet?
How do I cite sources using M.L.A. style?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 and Purdue OWL Web sites. For help in citing sources, try KnightCite Bibliography Machine.
How do I acquire materials not available at NSU?Interlibrary loan 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.
How do I find these library resources through the Web?
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