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ENG1100: College Writing Fall 2021: Accessing Library Resources

English, introductory research, citing sources

Locating Background Information

Credo Reference

The Credo Reference database is a portal to over 780 full-text reference titles from over 80 major publishers. 

Points of View Reference Center  

Full-text database designed to provide multiple sides of a variety of current issues

Locating News Articles

 

ProQuest Newsstream offers full-text news from over 1,280 sources, including domestic and foreign newspapers, wire services, magazines, trade publications, and blogs. Over 50 of the highest-circulation newspapers in the United States are included in the database, including such key titles as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Locating Articles

You can access databases from the Library homepage by clicking on Databases. Since there are more than 125 databases, we are highlighting two of our general databases. 

Academic Search Complete includes more than 8500 periodicals (newspapers, magazines and journals) in all subject areas. Most articles are available full-text online.

ProQuest Central is a large multidisciplinary database indexing over 14,000 publications, the majority of them available in full text. 

Locating Statistical Information

Statista The Statista database is a portal to statistical information, pulling together data on over 80.000 topics from over 18.000 sources onto a single platform.

Statistical Abstract of the United States  The most authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. It offers convenient access to a wide variety of data on such topics as population, education, elections, all major sectos of the economy, health and nutrition, government, science and technology, transportation, housing, and much more. 

Search Tip: Keywords

It is usually a good idea to start out broadly, so using just one or two of your topic terms is a good way to begin. Once you have a set of results, you can begin narrowing down your results by entering one or more terms. Searching in a specific field such as "Subject" or "Title" will narrow or focus your results. 

Search Tip: Thesaurus or Subject

Sometimes keywords that worked well in one database won’t be as effective in another.  If you find that your results are a bit scattered, try using that database’s terminology:  the Thesaurus or Subject Terms link.  Many databases have a list of designated words that are used to summarize a topic, but they may not be obvious to you.