Librarians are always available on the Reference desk any time the library is open. That's every day except Sunday. We can help you find the articles you need for your assignments and help you cite your sources correctly.
Library computers do not require a login or have a time limit. The library has printers, copiers, and calculators. Group study rooms allow you to meet with classmates to work on projects together and you can check out textbooks from Course Reserves.
The library opens at 8 a.m. and stays open until 7 p.m. during summer and 9 p.m. during fall and spring. Find us on the third floor of Building 9 and come over to the reference desk.
The library offers dozens of databases, but we will focus on four:
Useful keywords for your database searches might be:
Shorten words to their base to net more results; i.e., instead of searching for "childhood," try child*. Placing an asterisk at the end of a word will retrieve results that include variations like children, children's or childhood,
Title of Source
Title of Container
Note that the publication format isn’t considered. MLA no longer cares if your information comes from a book, magazine, streamed video, or whatever. The publisher is what’s important, not the mode you use to access it.
Scholarly vs. popular sources
Instructors asking you to use credible sources may also use Turnitin.com to evaluate your citations to see whether you use scholarly, academic or peer-reviewed, or popular. See the box below to determine whether a source is "scholarly" or "popular."
While not considered academic or peer-reviewed, these three think tanks and research organizations create reports and take polls on many current topics. Ask your instructor if materials from these sources can be used in your essays.
Pew Interest Research: This nonpartisan research organization does not take policy positions but does conduct polls and creates reports on issues of the day.
RAND Corporation: Established after WWII in Santa Monica, Cal, the federally funded RAND Corp. gets its name from shortening"Research and Development."
Gallup: Long-established polling organization often looked-to for the "pulse of America." Besides polls, Gallup produces in-depth reports.
Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence on a subject. They are created by someone who experienced the period or event first hand. Because they are eye-witness accounts, many primary sources are created at the time the event occurred, but recorded memories -- such as autobiographies, memories, and oral histories -- are also considered primary sources.
For more examples see What are Primary Sources (Yale University)