LIBM 5513-Information Resources and Services

General Information for Students

Search Tips Databases
Biography Database
Search Tips Biography
Internet Sites
Evaluating Websites
Print Resources
Following APA style rules

Resources -

If you are unfamiliar with the terminology you encounter while searching article databases (or while reading articles in journals) you may wish to refer to sources such as textbooks, dictionaries, and other reference resources in the field of study.

Online Catalogs

Search the NSU Libraries' Online Catalog: (Use the Location pull-down menu to limit your results to Curriculum Materials or Y Collection.)

Search for E-Books using NetLibrary:

If you need an item that NSU doesn't own, you can order it through our ILLiad system.

WorldCat - the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information. lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals.

Journal and Magazine Article Databases

Academic Search Premier - This is a general database, which means it contains article citations and full text articles covering many academic subjects. It is one of the twenty-five databases produced by EbscoHost for which NSU has a subscription. It is probably our most widely used database and is sometimes referred to simply as "Ebsco."

ERIC - This is another database produced by EbscoHost. ERIC stands for the Educational Resource Information Center. It contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals. ERIC contains a thesaurus, which can be very helpful in figuring out which search terms to use when looking for information.

Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of more than 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This databasealso contains more than 200 educational reports.

Go to all EbscoHost databases

Education Full Text - Part of Wilson's Omnifile Full Text, Mega Edition, EFT provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Coverage includes 79 journals (37 with full text) not covered by ERIC's Current Index to Journals in Education. Index coverage goes back to 1983. Full text articles from 1996 to the present. Contains a thesaurus.

Library and Information Science - Part of Wilson's Omnifile Full Text, Mega Edition. Set the subject area to "Library and Information Science."

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Search Tips for Databases

1. Be prepared with synonyms in case your original search produces no results. Use a thesaurus if the database is equipped with one.

2. Pay attention to search tips or help screens provided by each database. Even experienced researchers (like professors and librarians!) can have trouble when dealing with a new interface. Take the time to learn how to use the tool - it will help you to avoid frustration!

3.  Remember that most databases allow for Boolean Searching.  Use and to narrow, or to expand, not to exlude.  Truncation is also useful for bringing back all relevant results.  For example, type counsel* to bring back documents containing the words counsel, counseling, counselor...

4. Take advantage of the following sources of help:

- Tutorials

- Reference On Call at JVL is staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday by reference librarians or other experienced library staff members.

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Biography Database

Biography and Genealogy Master Index - It indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Searching Biography and Genealogy Master Index will enable you to quickly determine which publication to consult for biographical information.

Search Tips - Biography

In order to obtain the maximum number of records, make sure to check all possible forms under which a name may be listed. This is especially true in the cases of:

Names with prefixes or suffixes:

  • Angeles, Victoria De Los
  • De Los Angeles, Victoria
  • Los Angeles, Victoria De

Compound surnames:

  • Garcia Lorca, Federico
  • Lorca, Federico Garcia

Names which appear in inverted order:

  • Chiang Kai Shek
  • Kai Shek, Chiang

Names transliterated from non-Roman alphabets:

  • Hsiang, Chung-Hun
  • Xiang, Zhonghua

Pseudonyms, stage names, or nicknames:

  • Clemens, Samuel Langhorne
  • Twain, Mark
  • Crosby, Bing
  • Crosby, Harry Lillis

Initials or middle names used in place of full names:

  • Eliot, T.S.
  • Eliot, Thomas Stearns
  • Welles, George Orson
  • Welles, Orson

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Guides / Directories

Internet Public Library - Internet Public Library (IPL2) is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day

TitleWave - (Follett Library Resources) - offers easy access to bibliographic information for over one million available K-Adult books & curriculum-related audiovisual titles, extensive search capibilities, full-text reviews from numerous publications, various reading level and interest indicators, and much more. You can create your own free account within the system.

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory - Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory™ is a bibliographic database providing detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative information on serials published throughout the world. It covers all subjects, and includes publications that are published regularly or irregularly and are circulated free of charge or by paid subscription. Our subscription allows only one user at a time! If you can't get a result right away, don't give up on it - come back later and try again!

Internet Sites

General - The Web Information Company - offers site rankings, traffic reports, subject guides to reliable sites

Sites for Teachers:

Can Teach:

Children's Literature Review journals online:

American Library Association's Booklist Online: This link takes you to a page that is part of ALA's webs site & requires membership/subscription to access most content. The link is provided here so you can evaluate the site.

To access the journal content without an ALA membership or trial subscription, the journal is available online through NSU's Academic Search Premier database. To find a specific article in a known issue, use the SEARCH ONLINE JOURNALS BY TITLE function on the Libraries' home page. (Enter Booklist into the search box, click on the access link & continue clicking on the year & issue you need. Once you've "opened" an issue, you can scroll through to find the article you need.) If you are looking for unknown articles on a particular book or author, simply go into EBSCOhost's Academic Search Premier & search by book title or author name. Electronic Access through Academic Search Premier

Midwest Book Review's Children's Bookwatch: This is a free online database. The search box is down a bit on the page on the left side. I recommend entering the book title or author name into the search box. That will bring up a hyperlinked list of issues where that title or author appears…then use the FIND ON THIS PAGE command (under the browser's EDIT menu) and enter the search term again - that will bring you to the article on that topic.

The Horn Book, Inc.: This link takes you to the publisher site & requires membership/subscription to access the majority of the reviews and magazine/guide content. This journal is available online through NSU's Academic Search Premier database. To find a specific article in a known issue, use the SEARCH ONLINE JOURNALS BY TITLE function on the Libraries' home page. (Enter Booklist into the search box, click on the access link & continue clicking on the year & issue you need. Once you've "opened" an issue, you can scroll through to find the article you need.) If you are looking for unknown articles on a particular book or author, simply go into EBSCOhost's Academic Search Premier & search by book title or author name. Electronic Access through Academic Search Premier

Kirkus Review: Electronic access through Academic Search Premier

Notes from the Windowsill: This is a free database of issues from 1993 - 1998. It contains author, title and illustrator indices; as of this date, 10/29/07, the 1993 - 1996 links are unavailable; however, the 1997 and 1998 pages work just fine.

School Library Most content appears to be available (at least from on campus) using the link above, which goes to the publisher web site. There is full text access to the journal through EBSCOhost's Academic Search Premier. Electronic Access through Academic Search Premier

Internet Sites relating to Children's Literature:

Chronicle Books:

The Reading Corner:

The Children's Literature Web Guide:

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Web Site:

Award Winners:

Caldecott Medal Home Page

Newbery Medal Home Page

The Pura Belpré Award

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

The Official Site of the Sequoyah Book Awards

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Evaluating Web sites

It's important to remember that publishing on the web is very easy - almost anyone can do it! The problem with that is knowing what's credible (worth your time) and what's not.

Here are some of the thing you want to look at or for:

the URL (.gov, .mil, .us, .edu are usually pretty credible);
links to information about the author or sponsoring organization;
links to other sites that are credible;
how current it is

Ultimately the researcher must be the one to determine whether or not to use information found on a web site. The following information from the University of California at Berkeley provides some excellent guidelines for evaluating sites:

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Print Resources

Books (not an exhaustive list - just a sampling)

John Vaughan Library, Tahlequah

Best Books for Children Call # Ref. Z1037 .G48 2002

Book Review Digest Call # Z1035.A1 C95

Book Review Index Call # Z1035.A1 B6

Books for the Journey: Guide to the world of reading Call # Z1003 .B7195 2003 (main collection)

*Children's Literature Review Call # Ref PN1009.A1 C5139

*Contemporary Authors Call # Ref. PN451 .C59

*Something About the Author Call# Ref. PN451 .S6

*Use Contemporary Authors Cumulative Index Call # Ref. PN451 .C59 Index V. 1-133 OR
the Biography and Genealogy Master Index to locate the volume that includes your author.

Broken Arrow Library

Authors & Artists for Young Adults BA Ref. PS490 .A98 2002

Cataloging correctly for kids : an introduction to the tools Z695.1.C6 C37 2006

The children's and young adult literature handbook : a research and reference guide Z1037.A1 G475 2005

This collection is small enough that you could go browse the shelves in the Z sections (reference and book stacks)

Journals (not an exhaustive list - just a sampling)

Booklist Call # Z1035 A.39

Choice Call # Z1035 .C5

The Horn Book Magazine Call # Z1037 .A1 A15

School Library Journal Call #  Z675.S3 S29115

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Following APA style rules

The American Psychological Association originally created a publication manual to provide a common structure for all journal manuscripts in the area of the social sciences.

Many other disciplines (including psychology, the behavioral sciences, nursing, personnel administration and many areas within education) have adopted this as their professional writing standard as well.

In an academic environment, you will often be expected to conform to this standard when writing. At this point, you should be mostly concerned with creating an accurate reference list using proper format and providing citations within the text to give credit for an idea or concept to the source from which you got it.


Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

The library owns several copies of the style guide; however, only the 5th edition circulates (can be checked out). The NSU libraries have seven copies of the 6th edition in reference and two on reserve. ( BF76.7 .P83 2001)


Using APA format (Purdue University) - this comprehensive guide summarizes the print version of the book. Click on Your Reference List to find examples of the proper format to use when listing sources you used.


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Last Updated: October 28, 2011