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.
Popular and trade magazines, ebooks, some academic journals, and a searchable image collection. A general database.
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.)
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Reference and Instruction Librarian
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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.
Cite your Sources (MLA)
Cite Your Sources (APA)
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.
Starting the Research Process - Keyword Worksheet
Use the worksheet to develop keywords that will be helpful in your searching. Remember, this is for your own research and won't be handed in, so go ahead and use it in the way that works best for you!