SUNY Broome Library Fall 2020 COVID-19 Update

This guide is to assist you with your course research assignment.

Library Home Page

The Library home page 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. This can be more difficult for web resources. The library guide for Evaluating Information can help with this!

Also Important! Cite Your Sources - MLA Style

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 library guide: MLA Style Guide.  Also citation tools are available in most databases now. Look for these to help you out.

Career Resources - Websites

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook 
    • U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information on hundreds of occupations including what they do, work environment, how to become one, pay, job outlook, state and area data, similar occupations, and links to sites for more information.
      • To find professional associations, try the "More Info" tab. (You can find this tab on the occupation web page you are on.)
  • O*NET OnLine
    • You can browse for occupations or use a keyword search. There is also a link to a user-friendly page called, "My Next Move." O*NET OnLine and My Next Move were developed by the National Center for O*Net Development, and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. O*Net OnLine is based on the use of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors.
      • To find professional associations, try the "Additional Information" link. (You can find this link on the occupation web page you are on.)
  • CareerOneStop Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
    • "Explore Careers” to browse careers, or try the self assessment tools to match your skills and interests to an occupation.
    • "Compare Occupations" to compare salaries, skill requirements, typical education, and trends on the national, state, or local levels.  
    • "Find Training" to find the education and training you need for a particular career.
  • New York State / Southern Tier Region Career Information:
  • Careers in Health Care SUNY Broome Library guide to health care careers.
  • Center for Career Development at SUNY Broome

Professional Association Websites

See above under "Career Resources Websites": 1) Occupational Outlook Handbook 2) O*NET OnLine

Try a Google search to find professional association websites. Include at the end of the search

  • examples:
    • anthropology "professional organization"      (use quotations to search as a phrase)
    • journalism career
  • when you browse your results list, you should see the websites ending in .org    (for organization)
  • once you access a website, look for information about who they are, some links to look for:
    • about
    • who we are
    • mission
    • home
    • are they a professional association, or another type of organization?
    • sponsors (is there a bias?)
  • note: some organizations try to sell things, and are they trying to sell you something?
  • see the library guide: Evaluating Information

Online Access to the Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance

  • electronic access available until May 10, 2020
  • includes:
    • Career Guidance
    • Career Fields
    • Career Articles

Online Access to SUNY Broome's Salem Press Collection

  • Salem Press includes the following eBooks (see right side of web page):
    • Careers in Business
    • Careers in Green Energy
    • Careers in Hospitality & Tourism
    • Careers in Protective Services
    • Careers Working With Infants & Children
    • Careers in Psychology & Behavioral Health
    • Careers in Social Media
    • Careers in the Arts: Fine, Performing & Visual
    • Careers in Transportation
    • Careers in Writing & Editing
    • Careers Outdoors
    • Education Today: Issues, Policies, Practices   (in second column on Salem Press web page)

Finding Articles and eBooks

Search Primo (the Library's discovery tool), found on the Library's home page. Primo searches most of the Library's databases at once.


Topic Search - Example in Primo Using "Advanced Search"

  • Advanced search box - enter search


Any field contains:               "early childhood education"    (use quotations to searh as a phrase)

AND  Any field contains:       "united states"

AND  Any field contains:       "vocational guidance" OR career OR occupation    (capitalize ORs)


other search terms/phrases:  occupation, "job hunting", "job satisfaction"

note: "vocational guidance" is a useful search phrase


  • Refine your search, e.g., available online, publication dates, peer-reviewed, resource type, subject (see left side of your results page)

  • refining your search by subject(s) can help (left side - results page)
    • sometimes one at a time works best


  • Selecting and accessing an article (or eBook)
    • select article (or eBook) by clicking on the blue title


  • details record
    • note description of item
    • note the citation tool
    • under "View Online," select a database to access the article (or eBook)
    • follow links to access

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D. Curtin 4/9/2020; updated 4/14/2020