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Global Warming Research Guide

 Searching the Library Catalog - Searching Electronic Resources - Searching the Internet -  Web Evaluation - Citing Your Sources


Searching the Library Catalog

To find a book, search the library's online catalog. The following are the various ways of searching the online catalog.

  • Basic Search: Allows you to search by Keyword, Author, Title, Call Number, and Library of Congress Subject Heading. Set limits if you are looking for books published after the year 2000, electronic books, or video recordings.
  • Advanced Search: Allows you to search any word(s), phrase(s), and/or name(s) using drop down menus to select specific fields and search operators (AND, OR, NOT). Remember to set limits before you conduct your search.

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Searching Electronic Resources for Articles

You will find magazine, journal, and newspaper articles on history topics in many of the databases at OCC Library. This is a list of the most pertinent sources. You can find all of the databases that are available on the library's Periodicals and Electronic Resources page. If you are off campus, you will need to log on with your student ID and last name.

  • Britannica Online - Online encyclopedia with photos and more. Good for providing a general overview of your topic.
  • Academic OneFile - Database of magazine and journal articles, most of which are available in full-text. You may also limit your search to scholarly journals.
  • Academic Search Premier - Similar to Academic Onefile, but with different content. Database of magazine and journal articles, most of which are available in full-text. You may also limit your search to scholarly journals.
  • GreenFile - GreenFile is a collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Opposing Viewpoints in Context contains information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, reference sources, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
  • CQ Researcher - This weekly publication provides in-depth, non-biased analysis of the most current major and controversial issues of the day, from 1991 to the present, with complete summaries, pros and cons, bibliographies and more.

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Searching the Internet for Web Sites

The following Web sites will help you find reliable Internet resources that are of good authority for your research paper or presentation.

  • IPL2 - This site was developed by librarians as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources. This site is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 14,000 Internet resources that have been selected and evaluated by librarians.
  • DMOZ Open Directory Project – This human-edited directory of the Web breaks the topics into sub-topics and also provides “see also” references.

Search Engines

A search engine is a good information source to use when you have specific Web sites that you are interested in accessing.

  • Google Advanced Search - Instead of using Google's default search, try the advanced search. There are a lot of tools that will give you better results, such as a box that lets you limit your results to a domain such as .edu or .gov.
  • Ask.com – Provides suggestions for narrowing and expanding your search. Click on binoculars to preview the Web page.
  • Gigablast.com – Breaks down search results into categories by percentage of total results. Each result also includes its pathway in the Gigablast directory of Web sites, which will link you to all other sites in that category.

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Web Evaluation

Evaluating Web Sites - A quick and useful guide to help you evaluate the Web pages you find for purpose, authority, objectivity, relevance, currency, and responsibility.

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Citing Your Sources

  • Purdue OWL: Research and Citation Resources – A thorough guide to basic research and citing your sources using MLA, APA, and other formats. From Purdue University's online writing lab.
  • Guides to Cite It! – Provides style guides for APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and others. From the University of Georgia Libraries.

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(VMO 2/08, updated lc 12/11)​​