General Research Resources
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Books on beginning research available at Cardinal Meyer Library:
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The leading scholarly resource found in many academic institutions worldwide, this comprehensive, multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 4,500 journals.
Wisconsin’s online library contains a variety of both academic and non-academic resources.
Britannica Academic Edition
Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provide a variety of reliable sources.
Search multiple EBSCO databases simultaneously. Custom select any number of databases from the library’s complete list available through EBSCO.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Online comprehensive, beginning reference resource.
Bibliographic information and citations for scholarly literature from many disciplines and also free access to some full text articles.
Provides full text for magazines, reference books, primary source documents, also image collection, photos, maps, flags, etc.
OmniFile Full Text Online
Comprehensive, full-text research across a variety of disciplines including applied sciences, art, education, humanities, law, social sciences, technology, etc
Oxford Reference OnlineCross-searchable encyclopedia entries covering a wide variety of academic subjects.
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Search for Newspapers
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Search for Video Resources
Films on Demand
Multidisciplinary documentary film resource.
Videos about the research process from Films on Demand:
Researching, Reading and Writing (11:58)
Faced with a mountain of research to conduct, reading to do, and papers to write, students must work both efficiently and shrewdly. This three-section program tells how to identify and cite reliable online and offline sources of information, carve textbook chapters into manageable chunks, and outline and revise papers—all elements that are essential to getting the job done well.
Information Literacy: The perils of Online Research (21:37)
In a world of information overload, information literacy has become a survival skill. But what exactly does information literacy mean? With a focus on the Internet, this video explains how to conduct solid online research by collecting information in an organized, efficient, and ethical way. Professor Maurita Holland of the University of Michigan School of Information provides expert commentary and guidance on a range of research activities, including evaluating the credibility of Web content, documenting online sources, and paraphrasing—not copying—the words of others. Additionally, a high school teacher and a graduate student demonstrate real-world examples to reinforce the challenges and rewards of online research. The consequences of plagiarism and shaky facts are emphasized.
The Writing Process: Research (26:27)
Authenticity is essential to any novel worth reading, and serious authors will go to great lengths to establish it. Drawing on the insights of Roddy Doyle (Oh, Play That Thing), Andrew Pyper (The Trade Mission), Kerri Sakamoto (One Hundred Million Hearts), and Ray Robertson (Moody Food), this program explains why solid facts make great fiction. Their emphasis on firsthand experience via travel—the Amazon jungle, Hiroshima, the karaoke circuit, 1920s New York—reinforces the principle that not everything in fiction should be made up.
Search for Websites
Use search engines to search the Internet for general facts and information to learn more about your topic before searching for scholarly sources.
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