ENG 111 (for Seel) - Career Research

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This guide is to assist you with researching your course assignments.

The Library home page http://www.sunybroome.edu/library is a great place to start!  It has links to:

Important!  Evaluate Your Sources

It is important to critically evaluate your sources to determine their appropriateness for the topic you are researching.  The Library tutorial Evaluating Information http://sunybroome.info/library/guides/evaluating-information can help with this.

Also Important!  Cite Your Sources - MLA

When writing a paper it is important to cite where you find your information, quotations, and ideas.  For examples of how to format your citations see the following: MLA Style Guide Citation tools are also available in a lot of the databases now. Look for these to help you out.  Note: not all database citation tools are using MLA 8th edition yet!

  • MLA Handbook, 8th edition  LB2369 .G53 2016  (in the Library's reference and circulating collections)

Reference Book Of Interest

  • Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance
    • Ref HF5381 .E52 2015 (5 vols.)  In SUNY Broome Library's Reference Room.
    • 820 job descriptions begin in volume 2 and are alphabetically arranged.
    • A job title index is in each volume.
    • Browse 120 career fields in volume 1 to discover job titles.

Searching For Books And eBooks

Use the Online Catalog and/or eBooks to find books in both print and/or electronic formats.

  • Sample keyword searches:
    • <your career choice> and career
    • <your career choice> and "vocational guidance"
  • Other keywords: occupation, "job hunting", "job satisfaction"

In the online catalog you may need to expand your search results to "Quick delivery libraries" and/or "Worldwide libraries."  Click on "GET IT" to submit a request through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).

Articles In Library Databases

From the Library's home page http://www.sunybroome.edu/library select "Search for articles by topic area."  On the following web page (Find Articles) you will find different types of databases, e.g., multidisciplinary, subject specific.

  • Some databases to try:
    • Discovery Search  Searches many of the Library's databases at once.  Some examples to try:
      • ​<your career choice> AND career
      • ​<your career choice> AND "job satisfaction"  
    • Academic Search Complete  Find magazine, journal, and newspaper articles in this database.  Some examples to try:
      • ​<your career choice> AND career 
      • ​<your career choice> AND "vocational guidance" 
    • Career Cruising  Explore interests, careers, education options.
    • Vocational and Career Collection  Trade and industry-related periodicals. 

  Websites Of Interest

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

    • Information on hundreds of occupations including what they do, work environment, how to become one, pay, job outlook, state and area data, and links to sites for more information.



K. Pitcher 11/10/2015; D. Curtin rev. 4/14/16; D. Curtin updated 4/24/17; D. Curtin updated 4/19/18