Find Background Information
Articles from dictionaries, general and subject encyclopedias, handbooks, atlases, and more.
Selected dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference books in many subjects.
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)
Topic overviews, opinion articles, and additional sources on social, economic, and political issues.
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.
What is a Scholarly Source?
Research is a process. You probably won’t find everything you need on the first try. You may have to try several of these databases and search options mentioned above to find all the information you need.
If you have trouble finding sources on a topic, try:
- Searching with different keywords
- Look in a different database
- Look for a different kind of source (journal, book, encyclopedia, etc.)
Choosing a Manageable Topic
Choosing and Using Keywords
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Reference and Instruction Librarian
Note: Your chat question may be directed to a librarian from another college when Normandale librarians are unavailable.
Evaluate Source Credibility
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.