CWR - Fall 2011 (Holke-Farnam) (English 1005)

Course Web Page

Rod Library Home Page:

  • Ask Us at Rod Library link on right side - IM, text, email, call, stop by, research consultation
  • Left side of screen - About Us/Hours & Maps; Research Help/Assignment Calculator, Course Web Pages, Tutorials; Information For: Undergraduate Students
  • Center headings: Articles, Books & More, Course Reserves

Search Tips Applicable to Many Databases

  • Search planning: (1)develop concise topic; (2)identify concepts in topic; (3) find words to express each concept
  • Many databases require using double quotations to get exact phrases: "King Corn"
  • Use asterisk (sometimes an !) to get variations in word endings:  farm* retrieves farm, farms, farmer, etc.
  • Connecting search terms with AND means that all must be present somewhere in search results - narrows search
  • Connecting related terms with OR means at least one of terms must be present - broadens search
  • Search in specific fields,  like Titles and Subjects, to get more precise results
  • Consult database help screens when practice seem to differ from above and search isn't working well
  • Search appropriate databases; database content varies by subject, by publication type, by year, by suitability for given assignment, etc.

Finding Books & More - Use UNISTAR, the Library Catalog

  • Basic, Advanced, and Specialized search forms
  • Author, Title, and Journal Title indexes for known items
  • Keyword and Subject indexes to find items on a topic
  • Need Location and call number to find physical items in the Rod Library Building; many items online only

Known Article/Journal

  • Use search tools in this section If you already have a specific article citation or journal title
  • Use the Article Locator or Google Scholar, if you already have a citation to an article and want to see if the full text is in a library database

Finding Articles in Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, and Other Publications

  • Journal or Magazine? Recognizing the Difference (audience, worked cited, peer-reviewed, etc.)
  • Search box drop-down for broad database groupings: Basic Resources, Business, Education, etc.
  • View a list of databases A-Z , to select a specific database to search
  • Academic OneFile - has journals, magazines, newspapers; all major subject areas; Subject Guide/Subdivisions
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - has short overviews from many reputable reference sources
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - includes articles and other pub types with arguments on major issues
  • CQ Researcher - includes reports with articles, including pro and con debates, on major issues
  • CQ Global Researcher - international coverage, includes "voices from abroad" sections
  • LexisNexis Academic - includes articles from newspapers and magazines, many from other countries; News, Non-US sources
  • Other databases to consider: ERIC (education), PsycINFO, ScienceDirect, Google Scholar and Books
  • Look for a yellow Find It! button in Library databases to see if Rod Library has full text of article in some other database or in print

Evaluating Sources As You Search

Citing the Sources You Use and Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Authors whose exact words and ideas (that are not common knowledge) are used must be given credit in a paper's bibliography (or reference list, etc.)
  • MLA is one style required by some professors
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, at Rod Library Reference Desk
  • MLA Formatting and Style Guide, summary of MLA style from Purdue University Online Writing Lab
  • Some Rod Library databases show how to cite articles in MLA and other styles; these are approximations and may need to be fine-tuned

    Stan Lyle, September 12, 2011