Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions. It includes articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.
Academic OneFile (Gale)
Academic OneFile offers sources on a wide range of topics from scholarly journals and magazines and newspapers.
ProQuest News & Newspapers
Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.
Trouble Finding Sources
Try another database or try Combined Search.
Article Databases by Subject
All of the library's online collections, organized by subject.
Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.
CQ Researcher reports are in-depth summaries of current political and social issues that include background information, pro/con statements, and a bibliography of key sources.
Library Research Videos
Research Reminders About Database SearchingA database is a collection of electronic materials, like magazines, newspapers, journals, and books. You will search library databases similarly to how you search Google, some important differences. You often search Google with sentences, commands, questions or phrases. However, with databases:
- You search databases with topics (ideas, concepts) and nouns (person, place, thing). We call the terms you search databases with keywords.
- Keep keywords at 1-4 words; shorter is better. Try to reduce your topic to its core idea.
- Try pairing the keywords together in order to limit the number of results you get. You can connect two keywords by putting the word 'and' between them.
- Think of synonyms for your keywords. Databases search the text of an article for your exact keywords, and authors might not have used the exact same words as you. Think of synonyms, alternate terms, similar ideas, etc. to search with.
- Worksheet to help you develop keywords: Keyword Worksheet
This video gives a good overview of what database searching looks like:
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Cite Your Sources (APA)
A guide to APA citation format based on the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.
APA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.
Cite your Sources (MLA)
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.