Answered By: Reference Staff
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020     Views: 36

English 1020 sources might include the following (but are  not limited to..)

JEWL Search:  Advanced search; research starters; books i.e. Family Structure / Families

  •  Advanced Search:  combine terms; change or add;
  • Limit functions: find these on most databases; look for them; full text; sources, content provider, etc. 
  • Citation help

Databases Tab: Browse them; search by broad topic;

  • Choose letter of database name; popular databases.
  • Find a database in your subject area/ major; use these for a more focused search

Academic Search Ultimate:  Advanced search; variety but not as many sources

  • Less overwhelming; More scholarly articles
  • Citation help in database

Opposing Viewpoints: good for topic help; pros cons to a topic

  • Variety of sources; citation help; research starters

CQ Researcher: for for topic help; pros / cons for a subject.

Statista: statistics portal with quantitative data from over 18,000 sources

  • Over 18,000 sources for business, media, finiance, politics, and other topics. Export data in a variety of formats for direct use in presentations or papers. 

CATALOG:   Use it to find materials in the Walker Library; books, government documents; media

  • Will NOT find articles;
  • Easier to find a particular book in Catalog than JEWL.
  • Limit to formats i.e gov docs, media etc.
  • EX: Family and video as format: has a streaming video on television and families.

Research Guides:  Subject/ Course research aids;

  • Fnd materials for a particular subject (ie. Business, education, biology etc.)  Resources are all in one place;
  • Think about your topic and where it might fit in.
  • Citation guides as well as subject topics.
  • Statistics: Statista good source

Ask Us! :  Use this to find answers to questions. 

  • Submit a ticket if you’re still stuck.
  • Topics or type keywords

Google: Use it to find useful websites

  • Google search box; enter “single families”  or .org
  • Google Scholar; set to MTSU as your home school. Use Library website to enter.
    • Go through library website set preferences when off campus.

Wikipedia: Use it to get started; review your topic, find keywords, ways to focus your topic

  • Wikipedia should not be cited as a source for your paper. Not because it's unreliable, but because it's an encyclopedia.  Academic paper require more specific sources such as books, chapters, journal articles, etc. etc. 

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