Click on the picture below to access the catalog. You do not need an account to use the catalog so do not click on Login.
Step 1 – The Visual tab
Now that you are all pros at using the Library Catalog, there are more features that assist with your research you should be aware of.
After you go into the Catalog, click on the Visual tab highlighted in the picture below. This allows you to access our many free databases. The ones highlighted in red below are ones you should use regularly when you’re doing research.
EBSCO Search & Gale PowerSearch: Reliable academic databases that offer full-text articles and multimedia content on a wide variety of topics. Both of these databases are used in post-secondary schools.
EBSCO Mags: You should definitely take advantage of the free magazines provided under EBSCO Mags. You’ll find up-to-date subscriptions to popular titles such as Time, Teen Vogue, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and Popular Science.
Step 2 – Keywords
As you already know, keywords are essential terms (usually single word or phrases) used to get to the heart of your search. For example, you would NOT use whole questions to start off your search: “Does Keat’s ‘Ode to Melancholy’ connect strongly to human nature?”
Use “Keat’s essential elements” instead.
Occasionally, it may be difficult to think of a starting point. Look at the picture below for a helpful hint at what you can do if you get stuck.
Step 3 – Refining Results
Now that you’ve narrowed down your research topics and keyword terms, you should focus on refining your search results. Some articles may be irrelevant to this day and age, and you may want to only use articles written after a specific year to highlight current studies. You might also be limited in what source type your teacher is allowing you to use.
For example, your teacher assigned a research paper about current stem cell research controversies using only academic journals and not newspaper articles. These academic journals should also be written after 2010.
Your initial search with the keywords “stem cell research controversy” pulls up 671 articles. To narrow these down further with the requirements set by your teacher, edit the “Refine Results” section on the left hand side.
Step 4 – Citing the Article
After you have found an article, you have to include it in your Bibliography or Works Cited page. EBSCO makes this very easy.
Under the list of Tools, click on “Cite.”
This will automatically generate the bibliographic information for you. Depending on if you’re citing by MLA or ALA standards, everything is on there for you.