Specific Research Needs

Find a known article | Find information by subject | Find pro-con articles | Find newspaper articles | Find biographical information | Find statistics | Find book, movie, or music reviews | Find business information | Find your professor's library page | Access information if you are a Distance Learner

Are you looking for biographical information about someone, statistics to include in a paper or speech, articles showing a pro or con point of view, newspaper articles, or reviews of books, movies, and music? Look here for ideas to quickly find what you need.

Find an article when you have the citation information for it

How can you find an article your professor told you about?

Known Article/Journal Search (Article Locator)

This source is handy for finding a specific article when something about the article is known. It is especially useful if you are trying to find articles listed in a bibliography.  You can find this feature on the Rod Library Homepage.  Click on Known Article/Journal Search under the Articles tab on the library homepage.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar searches "peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations."  Click on Search Google Scholar under the Articles tab on the library homepage.


Find information when you know your subject (topic)  

Your professor says you need to find a variety of sources for your paper - not just periodical articles.  Where can you go to identify these sources?

UNISTAR may be found under the Books & More tab on the Rod Library home page. You can use UNISTAR to locate information on your topic in a variety of formats. Keyword (Boolean) searching will search more UNISTAR fields than any other type of search and is often used as a starting point or when other searches are unsuccessful.  In UNISTAR, select Keyword from the drop-down menu.

Subject searching can be more powerful than a simple Keyword search because entries in UNISTAR contain subject headings in them from an official Library of Congress list.  When you do a subject search, you will only retrieve entries with that subject heading in them. In UNISTAR, select Subject from the drop-down menu. Many users use both searches - a broad keyword search first and, when a useful source is found, search for the subject headings at the bottom of the entry to get more sources like it.  UNISTAR is available on the Rod Library Homepage.  For more information about the Boolean searching used in keyword searching, click here.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
This source includes a variety of reference titles.  These are searchable by subject (topic).  Select this source from the Databases A-Z  listing under the Articles tab on the Rod Library Homepage. 

Subject Guides
These guides include sources of general information in broader subject areas such as Astronomy, Communication Studies, Psychology, etc.  Select this listing from the left menu of the Rod Library homepage.

Resources by Department
This list collects all subject-oriented web pages created by library staff into one list arranged by discipline and/or course numbers.  Some pages included are general for a discipline and others may be specific to a certain course, instructor, or assignment.


Find Pro-Con articles 

Where can you find information showing more than one point of view?

CQ Researcher
Included in this source is a series of reports covering a variety of political and social issues.  Each report contains background information, a chronology of events, a Pro-Con section and a bibliography of sources covering the topic of the report as well as other areas of interest.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
A full-text resource covering social issues. It brings together information that’s needed to understand an issue: pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles, magazine and journal articles, newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics.

The above two sources can be found on the Databases A-Z  listing under the Articles tab on the Rod Library Homepage.

Congressional Digest
Search for your topic to find legislation and testimony about that topic.

Editorials on File
UNI Reference D 839 E3 (1970 through 2009)
This series contains editorials (many of which have a point of view) from major North American newspapers.  They can be used to view arguments in support of or against an issue. This source can be found in the Rod Library Reference Collection on the second floor.

Find Newspaper Articles

What can you search to find newspaper articles?

Newspaper Source Plus

Newspapers & Other News Sources
This page includes databases containing full text newspaper articles.  Click on Collections and then on Newspaper Collections on the Rod Library homepage.  You may then select a database and search it

Press Display
Includes the full of over 400 newspapers from 68 countries in 37 languages

Find Biographical information

Where/how can you locate biographical information on someone?

Biography in Context
This source includes biographical information on over one million people throughout history and around the world in the fields of literature, science, business, entertainment, politics, sports, history, current events and the arts.

Marquis Who’s Who on the Web
Profiles over 1.4 million accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports.  This  full-text database may be searched using 15 criteria such as name, gender, occupation, education and degrees, geography, religion, and interests.

The above two databases may be found on the Databases A-Z listing under the Articles tab on the Rod Library Homepage.

Find biographical information about people by entering the person's name (last name first) as a Subject search in UNISTAR.   You may also do a Keyword search using the name of a person and the word biograph*.  You may also find collections of biographies by typing in a group (such as scientists) and adding the word biograph*. (An asterisk (*) at the end of the word should bring up biographies, biographical, or biography.)  UNISTAR may be fournd by Clicking on the Books and More tab and then on UNISTAR.

Also try databases in the subject area for which the person was famous (ie. look in science databases for scientists, literature databases for writers, etc.) Enter the name of the person and the word biography or biographical to retrieve information about them.

Ask a librarian to help identify additional biographical sources.

Find Statistics

What are good sources for locating statistics to use in your paper?

The following are all sources for statistics.  They can all be found by entering their titles into a UNISTAR title search.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
State and Metropolitan Area Databook
County and City Databook
ProQuest Statistical Insight
World Factbook (covers individual countries of the world)

Find Book, Movie, and Music Reviews 

Where can you find reviews?

Academic OneFile
Use Advance Search. Type in the title of the book, movie, or album on one line and book reviews, movie reviews, or music reviews on the next.  This database can be found on the Databases A-Z listing under the Articles tab on the Rod Library Homepage.

The following are two good paper sources for book reviews.  These are available in the Index/Abstract area of the library which is located behind the Reference Desk.  Search the year the book was published and years following that year.
Book Review Digest  UNI Index/Abstract Z 1219 .B779 (1906 to the present)
Book Review Index  UNI Index/Abstract Z 1035 .A1B6 (1965 to the present) 

If the material for which you are seeking a review is subject oriented, try looking for reviews in databases that cover that subject area (ie. look in history databases for history books, education databases for books on education, etc.)  Ask a librarian if you are not finding what you need. 

Find business information

See the Business Portal for information on locating business information.

Find your professor’s library page 

Your professor has a library page you are supposed to use.  Where can you find it?

Course Web Pages | Faculty Web Pages
If your professor has his/her own library page for a specific course, you may find it by clicking on  Course Web Pages in the left menu of the Rod Library Homepage.  Next, look for the title of the class.  If your professor has a library page that is not aimed at a specific course, search for his/her name in the Search this site box on the Rod Library Homepage and look for your professor's name.

Access information if you are a Distance Learner 

What do you need to do to use library resources for research if you are a Distance Learner?

Check out the Services for Distance Learners page to discover what the library can do for you.