Cambridge Campus Library Research Pathfinder  

 *Most ARCC Library databases require a login from off campus:  Login= your barcode (begins w/ 20221 on the back of your ID) PW=your last name.  You can also get in using your Star ID & pw, but you'll need your barcode for requesting InterLib Loan).

1.   Once you have determined your possible research topic(s), find Search Terms relating to that topic: ___________   _______  Reading articles in either print or online subject encyclopedias can help you get the “big picture” and help formulate your search strategy.  Jotting down key terms from the INDEX in print sources may provide good online search terms.     
Ency title / vol./ pgs.________________________________________________________________________

*To search Subject Encyclopedias: >>MnPALS: >>Lib to Search:  >> Camb Reference  Enter general topic >>Search (screenshot)  OR  Use Lib of Congress subject headings to explore one of the many print Encyclopedias in Reference (Note: some are available both in print & online)
Encyclopedia of Ethics
 Ref BJ63.E45  (in library) 
Ency of Human Rights  Ref JC571.E673
Macmillan Ency of Philosophy  Ref B41.E5
Internet Ency of Philosophy
West's Ency of Amer Law Ref KF154.W47 or:
 Legal Information Institute Cornell U
Ency of Religion   Ref BL31.E46 
or:  Catholic Ency 
Catholic Church
McGraw-Hill Ency of Science & Tech Ref Q121.M3
Ency of Psychology  Ref BF 31.E52 
or: Ency of Psychology
Jacksonville SU
Ency of Bioethics Ref QH332.E52
 or:National Ref Ctr for Bioethics Lit 
Ency of the Renaissance     Ref CB361.E52 Ency of Addictions & Addictive Behaviors  Ref RC564.G95
Ency of Sustainability   Ref GE10.C65  Environmental Ency  Ref TD173.E38
Ency of World Cultures Ref GN307.E53 or: Sources of Power Ref TJ163.2.W45
CQ Researcher *  Ref H35.E35 (social issues ency)(print or online*: select PDF for efficient printing) GALE Opposing Viewpoints in Context Resource Center *
Ency of Child, Adolesc & Media HQ784.M3 E53  
Ency of Drugs & Alcohol
    Ref HV5804.E53  
General Encyclopedias: (use these only when your topic is NOT academic)
Ency of Prisons & Correctional Facilities Ref HV9471.E693 Encyclopaedia Britannica Ref AE5.E363 
(online or print) Remote login: bc & pw=your last name

2.  Although Facts & Statistics can be found anywhere, reference sources like Almanacs, Atlases & Abstracts provide extensive indexing for ease in finding bits of information to make your paper more compelling.  They may be available in print (located by LC number in our library) or online.  For example:

World Almanac RefAY67.N5W7

Infoplease (Time) Almanac  Ref AY64.I55 prnt/online

Statesman's Yearbook          
Ref JA51.S7

CIA World Factbook    
 Ref G122.U56 

Statistical Abstract  Ref HA202 .S82    

FedStats (Incl. Stat Abst, Metro Area Databk, Health US, Educ Stats, Rept of Amer Workforce, & Nat Transport Stats)

Almanac of the 50 States  Ref A214.A44

Criminal Justice Statistics

County & City Data Bk  Ref HA202.A36 prnt /online

U.S. Census Statistics 2010 

Northstar: MN Government   State of MN info

USA.Gov  Federal Resources

Congressional Qtrly Almanac Ref JK1.C66

FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data

Martindale's Ref Desk 

Librarian's Index to the Internet

Public Library of Law  Lib Congress access to bills & laws

Injury Facts Ref HA217.A4 or  Nat Safety Cncl

World Climate 


.  Dictionaries & other Reference sources
may help you understand what you read or direct you to other sources. 

Acronyms, Initialisms &  Abbrev. (define BMI) Ref P365.A28 or Acronyma

Oxford English Dict OED Ref PE1625.M87 word origins or Oxford Dictionaries (limited)

Allusions--Cultural, Literary, Biblical & Historical Ref PN43.A4 

Glossary of Literary Terms

American Heritage dictionary
Ref PE1625 .A24

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus

Cambridge Dictionary  U.S. Government Documents

Contemporary authors Ref Z1224.C158 or
Gale Discovery Collection: incl Disc Authors /author/books

Chambers dictionary of quotations          
Ref PN6081.C43 

4 Search Periodical Indexes for magazines, academic journals & newspapers.  Despite the fact that there is a wide divergence in depth, audience, authority & bias between Popular Magazines (limited in length & depth, sometimes promoting a specific view, & commercial in nature) AND Peer-Reviewed Academic Journals (research-oriented, reviewed by professionals in the field, having greater depth & breadth, & non-commercial),  most follow basic publishing standards, letting you know cost, publisher, publication schedule, whom to contact, (& sometimes the mission or credentials of the author).  Periodicals included in database lists have been chosen for their reliability within that range General web sources are not REQUIRED to follow those publication standards.  

General Periodical Indexes: (many w/full text) Specific indexes: (many w/ full text):
  BusinessSourcePremier EBSCOhost
Company/Indus Profiles, Mkt Res Repts: Bus, Econ
 AcademicSearchPremier *EBSCOhost  general academic
(screenshot: ASP) 
CINAHL Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health EbscoHost Health /medicine


eHRAF World * World Cultures Anthropology

ProquestNews *Fulltext News articles (StarTrib, WSJ, NYT, LATimes, WashPost, many smaller newspapers)

ERIC Education Index K12-Acad >> Advanced >>Search lower left. some fulltext >>Thesaurus (for search terms)
  Art Index HWWilson Ebscohost* ARt Journals, Magazines, Images

 GALE/Cengage Ed Reference *

JSTOR Academic journals in Music *(includes Soc Sci, Math Hist)

* Remote/Off-campus access: Login w/ barcode on back of your Lib/ID card / pw= your last name.

PsycArticles * EbscoHost Psychology

Citation  (MLA).  ______________________________________ 

To find Circulating Books, EVideos & other library resources on your topic, use MnPALS Plus (screenshot >>arrow below) online library catalog. --You may need to try related terms or use truncation (*)  for words which may appear in multiple forms:  (teen* for teenage, teenager, teenagers) (screenshot: MnPALS).   MnPALS  (screenshot for ILL access- >>arrow below)
Location & c

--Cambridge Campus Electronic books (screenshot) * >>URL
  Questions?  Ask the Librarian!

 6 Brochures & Documents too small to catalog individually are sometimes found in the Vertical File, but often now are published directly on the web. (websites often less than a page in length) Find a brochure in print or online from an organization you recognize as being academically responsible which might relate to your topic.
Citation (& url if online)_____________________________________________________

Using Google or your favorite search engine, find a website on your topic. Since almost all search engines are supported by advertising, most do little to evaluate for quality & reliability. None search much more than 15% of the internet.

can tell you a lot about the quality of the information.  If you are not being asked to pay for a
.com (a commercial site), consider who is willing to pay for you to read it. .edu:  Is this a recognized academic institution or a K-12 source? .org:  Does the organization have a reputation for a specific agenda or responsible bias-free information?  Do you recognize it? .gov:  Information made available from tax-supported state & federal agencies (your tax $$ at work!)

Cite the website you have selected. *Documents, brochures, periodical articles, reference sources, even monographs may be accessible in print or online.  Just as you look for publication information on the title page of books or inside the front cover of periodicals (usually), reliable web sites will include information regarding timeliness, authority, possible bias and reliability of the source.  
Look for:
About Us
or Home if the information isn't on the first page.  Is this an online periodical or reference source?  An organization's promotional brochure?  A government doc? What organization or individual created the site?  When was it last updated? 
Jot down the web address (URL). MLA does not currently require it, but some instructors may prefer that you include it. 

url &  citation____________________________________________________________   (You might find Internet Detective helpful in evaluating online sources).

8.  All of the resources which you use in your paper (words & ideas) must be cited
to give credit to the creators of those documents. For help in using correct MLA format:

Citing Sources Purdue U Libraries
   --A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker is available in the Reference section.

And That’s it.  You’re researching!  Questions using CCLibrary?  Ask the Librarian!

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