FYE 1030: Crossing the Borderland
Books and eBooks
Think about the ways you could describe your topic and try searching by those keywords in the library catalog.
Search the Library catalog to find books that you can check out and ebooks that you can download or read online. (See our FAQ for more info on using the ebook collection.)
You can search for books in a number of ways:
This will find any mention of “Mike Tyson” in the catalog description of a book (usually this search is the broadest as it will pick up even minor mentions of your topic). Put quotes around phrases for more accurate results. Combine keywords with AND to narrow your search. Combine keywords with OR to broaden your search.
find any book on a certain subject BUT “subjects” are defined by the Library of Congress and may not be the words you think they should be. (So the official subject is: Tyson, Mike not Mike Tyson).
finds any book with that word in the title. (A quick but not foolproof way to find relevant books on your keyword/topic).
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Search this database of published encyclopedias to get a variety of information on your topic.
These databases are good places to start searching for articles on your topics. If you need to dig deeper, browse through our subject directory to pick a database that matches your research area.
Biography in Context - Search for the name of a person to get background information as well as a selection of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles about them.
Academic Search Premier searches a wide range of magazines, journals, and newspapers covering many academic topics. Good place to start for most anything.
Jstor searches many academic journals in the arts and humanities and social sciences.
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Citing Your Resources
Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.
Guide to citing the most common sources in MLA format. We also have guides for other citation styles.
NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.
- Why Cite?
Brief video explaining when to cite and why.
- Tips on avoiding plagiarism
Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
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