Find Background Information
Articles from dictionaries, general and subject encyclopedias, handbooks, atlases, and more.
Selected dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference books in many subjects.
Articles in all subjects from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. An all-purpose database and often a good place to start.
Academic OneFile (Gale)
Articles in all subjects from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. An all-purpose database.
Scholarly articles and ebooks in the social sciences, humanities, earth and biological sciences, and more. Incorporates image results from Artstor.
Looking for more?
Try the Library's Combined Search of article databases, books, etc.
Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.
Note: Combined Search results include both online content and paper books available for pickup at the library. Follow these instructions to request a book (PDF) be held for pickup.
Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.
Note: Book Search results include both online ebooks and paper books available for pickup at the library. Follow these instructions to request a paper book (PDF) be held for pickup.
1. Synonyms or alternate terms
2. Broader ideas
3. Narrower ideas
4. Related ideas
Watch this video from the library at California State University at San Bernardino to see how to turn your topic into keywords to search the library databases with.
What is a Scholarly Source?
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Reference and Instruction Librarian
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Access Databases from Off Campus
In order to access databases and other Library resources from off campus, login with your StarID and password when prompted. Off-campus access to library databases is only available to current Normandale students, staff, and faculty.
Cite your Sources (MLA)
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (8th edition).
MLA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
This website offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page. Uses MLA 9th edition.
MLA Footnotes Information
Are Notes Compatible with MLA Style?
Evaluate Source Credibility
Consider the source's –
A = Author
P = Publication
P = Point of View
S = Sources