English Wilcox Careers
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?
Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance
Ref. HF 5381.E52
|Shows trends, gives history of topic, provides definitions, theories||Online Catalog|
|Journals||Covers current research on scholarly topics||Academic Search Premier|
|Magazines||Report on popular topics, news||Masterfile Premier|
|Newspapers||Report on popular topics, news||Newspaper Source, NewsBank Newsfile|
||Publications on all topics prepared by federal and state agencies.||Marcive
Occupational Outlook Handbook
|Audio Visual||Graphic representation of topic||Online Catalog|
|Internet||Provides quick, full text information, especially on current topics.||
Job Star Central,
Internet Public Library
What Can I do with this Major?
|Interviews||Provides a personal account of a topic||In person or through e-mail|
Locating Internet resources
Critically assessing sources
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?
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?
Am I done yet?
Have you tried, books, magazines, journals, newspapers, government publications,
Internet sources, interviews, audio visuals? If not, you aren't done!
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, Ready Ref. LB 2369.G53. Also,
try the MLA Web site.
How do I find these library resources through the Web?
Many of the resources listed above are available throug the John Vaughan Library Home Page. Through the use of EZProxy software, these resources may be used from any location.
SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
Instructor of Library Services
Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
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Last Updated: 08/07/2012