Research Guide for

ENGC 1101 College Writing (Darling)

Health Databases for the Non-specialist

Health & Wellness (Gale)
Provides citations, abstracts, and selected full text to articles about all aspects of health. Includes articles from newspapers, magazines, journals, and pamphlets as well as the following encyclopedias: * Clinical Reference Systems * Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence * Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine * PDR Family Guide to Nutrition and Health


Health & Medicine E-book Collection
This collection of e-books contains full text coverage of medical encyclopedias, disease/disorder fact books, and other reference materials.


Consumer Health Complete
Consumer Health CompleteCHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc. Provides full text for more than 200 health reference books and encyclopedias.

Find Additional Articles

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 (Gale)Academic OneFile offers sources on a wide range of topics from scholarly journals and magazines and newspapers.


JSTOR
JSTOR contains hundreds of scholarly journals from all disciplines. Full text coverage varies by journal.

Additional Library Sources

ProQuest News & Newspapers
Provides full text coverage of thousands of U.S. newspapers.

Book Search

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.





Google Scholar

Google Scholar allows you to search the Web for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and articles available from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Click on "Full-Text @ NCC Library" to locate the item through the Normandale Library subscriptions. Only items for which Normandale Library has a current subscription will be available for free.

Note: When accessing from off campus, you will be directed to log into the library site before with your StarID and password before you can search in Google Scholar.



 

 

Internet Sources - Use Lateral Reading to Spot Misinformation/Disinformation

The best way to look for misinformation is to start by looking outside of the article itself! This process is called lateral reading. 

Lateral Reading Strategies:

  1. Find information on the author: Google the author's name. Do they have a Wikipedia page? A LinkedIn page? A biography on a university or legitimate news site? Read through this information. What is the author's education and experience? Have they written for websites/newspapers/magazines that you are familiar with and trust?
     
  2. Check some fact-checking sites for help: Many claims have already been fact-checked for you. Try these sites:
  3. Find information about that website on Google: A search string that excludes results from that website will be helpful (example: New York Times -nytimes.com). 

  4. Triangulate: Read multiple articles on the same topic. Does one of the articles seem way off from what the others are saying? We call this an outlier and it would probably be best just to disregard that source. This can be difficult when we hear so much about news sources having a political slant or agenda, but it can also be very helpful in finding out what the real story is. For example, read about an issue on CNN and the same issue on Fox News. After that try reading about the issue on a source like BBC. These three stories will probably vary some in the information that is presented. Taken together though, you should have a good idea of what the truth on the issue is. 

  5. Find information on the website using Wikipedia: Wikipedia isn't a source you want to cite in your research paper, but it is helpful for learning about a website or news source. Oftentimes, you will find information on who funds the site or political leanings that are common. 

Research Reminders

​Picking a Topic - from North Carolina State University Libraries


Developing Keywords - from Monroe Community College Libraries, SUNY




 

Ask a Librarian

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Keyword Worksheet

Cite Your Sources (APA)

APA Quick Guide (PDF)
A guide to APA citation format based on the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual.

APA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
A comprehensive guide to APA formatting and style (7th edition). See examples of APA formats for papers, References lists, in-text citations, footnotes, and more.

Evaluate Source Credibility

Evaluate each source you use with CAPPS!
Consider the source's –
C = Currency
A = Author
P = Publication
P = Point of View
S = Sources

 
More info about CAPPS pdf

Access Databases from Off Campus

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.