Research Guide for

READ 0960 Reading and Study Skills (Dean)

Reading Interest Groups: Find 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.

Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center contains issue overviews and controversial essays on multiple sides of current issues.


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

CQ Researcher
CQ Researcher report is dedicated to a single topic and is researched and written by a journalist. Each report includes background and chronology, an assessment of the current situation, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of further reading.

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)
Opposing Viewpoints in ContextOpposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context) provides full-text articles and reference material on a wide range of social issues.
 
Color of Water Assignment: Background Info
Use these resources to find general, background information.

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.



Britannica Academic (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Encyclopedia BritannicaOnline version of the complete Encyclopædia Britannica providing coverage of most subjects. Also provides access to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Collegiate Thesaurus, and the Britannica Book of the Year.


Salem History
Salem History is an online database of full-text reference e-books and primary sources on American history and world history.


History E-book Collection (Gale)
A collection of e-books covering both American and world history topics.

Encyclopedia of African American History,1896 to the present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-First Century
Focusing on the making of African American society from the 1896 "separate but equal" ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson up to the contemporary period, this encyclopedia traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Migration, the Brown ruling that overturned Plessy, the Civil Rights Movement, and the ascendant influence of African American culture on the American cultural landscape.

Encyclopedia of American Social Movements
Examines every social movement in American history, covering each movement's goals, tactics, and impact, as well as its successes and failures.


Extremist Groups: Information for Students
This book provides an overview and history of 150 extremist organizations worldwide that are active today. The focus is on when and why the groups were established, their agendas and tactics, and government and civilan efforts to counter them.
IInfo dInformation for Students provides an overview and history of 150 extremist organizations worldwide that are active today. Arranged alphabetically by group across two volumes, entries average 32,000 words, follow a standard set of rubrics, and focus on when and why the groups were established, their agendas and tactics, and government and civilian efforts to counter them. - See more at: http://www.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?Ntt=extremist+groups||21064377414577205068384629551033655593&N=197&Ntk=APG%7C%7CP_EPI&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial#sthash.yTFsDFjW.dpuf
ffffInformation for Students provides an overview and history of 150 extremist organizations worldwide that are active today. Arranged alphabetically by group across two volumes, entries average 32,000 words, follow a standard set of rubrics, and focus on when and why the groups were established, their agendas and tactics, and government and civilian efforts to counter them. - See more at: http://www.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?Ntt=extremist+groups||21064377414577205068384629551033655593&N=197&Ntk=APG%7C%7CP_EPI&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial#sthash.yTFsDFjW.dpuf
Information for Students provides an overview and history of 150 extremist organizations worldwide that are active today. Arranged alphabetically by group across two volumes, entries average 32,000 words, follow a standard set of rubrics, and focus on when and why the groups were established, their agendas and tactics, and government and civilian efforts to counter them. - See more at: http://www.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?Ntt=extremist+groups||21064377414577205068384629551033655593&N=197&Ntk=APG%7C%7CP_EPI&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial#sthash.yTFsDFjW.dpuf
Information for Students provides an overview and history of 150 extremist organizations worldwide that are active today. Arranged alphabetically by group across two volumes, entries average 32,000 words, follow a standard set of rubrics, and focus on when and why the groups were established, their agendas and tactics, and government and civilian efforts to counter them. - See more at: http://www.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?Ntt=extremist+groups||21064377414577205068384629551033655593&N=197&Ntk=APG%7C%7CP_EPI&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial#sthash.yTFsDFjW.dpuf


 
New Encyclopedia of Judaism
REF BM50 .N49 2002
Comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia that presents every aspect of the Jewish religion and represents current thinking among scholars in the Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox movements.
 
Find Web Resources
The Smithsonian -- Many of the Smithsonian museum websites have historical information.

Library of Congress
Contains approximately 12 million records representing books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials.
 
Color of Water Assignment: Find 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.

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

Daily Life through History
Daily Life Through HistoryDaily Life Online is a database providing information on the daily lives of people around the world. The content includes books, articles, images, maps, primary documents, and more.

New York Times -- Historical (ProQuest)
Full pages and article Images/library displayed in PDF format. Seachable full text back to the first issue.
Research Reminders
  • Spend time thinking about your topic and brainstorming related words and synonyms.
  • Research is a process. You probably won’t find everything you need on the first try.
  • If you can’t find much on your topic, try different keywords or a new database.
  • Try synonyms of your keywords to find more articles.
  • If you have questions about keywords or which databases to use, ask a librarian!
The following video also contains tips and tricks for navigating your research:

Choosing and Using Keywords


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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.
Evaluate Your Sources
Evaluating Internet Resources
Criteria to use when evaluating the quality of an Internet site. 

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
(from UC Berkeley)

Evaluating Sources Chart
from Oakland University Libraries
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