The following resources are to assist you with your research.
Library Home Page
The Library home page is a great place to start! It has links to:
- search for articles and eBooks - you can select the type of resource you are looking for
- MLA Syle Guide - library guide
- tutorials - how to ... search for articles, evaluate information, cite sources ...
need help with your research - ASK US 24/7 chat reference, email, phone
Important! Evaluate Your Sources
It is important to critically evaluate your sources to determine their appropriateness for the topic you are researching. The tutorial Evaluating Information can help with this.
Also Important! Cite Your Sources
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.
Places to Browse For Ideas
- Online access to SUNY Broome's Salem Press collection.
- Current Topics
- Great Lives from History: Inventors & Inventions
- Great Events from History
- From Suffrage to the Senate America's Political Women: An Encyclopedia of Leaders, Causes & Issues
- Human Rights and the United States
- Ethics: Questions & Morality of Human Actions
- The Bill of Rights
- Constitutional Amendments
- Milestone Documents in World History
- Milestone Documents in African American History
- Defining Documents in American History: The Free Press
- plus more
- Viewpoint Databases
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context Includes topic overviews and viewpoint articles. Also has academic journals, magazines, news, videos, and statistics.
- see "BROWSE ISSUES" (note red arrow, below)
- then follow links to select an article
- CQ Researcher Articles include: topic overview, historical background, chronology, pros/cons. Also includes "Hot Topics."
- see "BROWSE TOPICS" and "HOT TOPICS" (note red arrows, below)
- then follow links to select an article
Finding Peer-Reviewed 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.
- How to Find an Article
- Note: If you are looking for a peer-reviewed article verify it is from a peer-reviewed (or refereed) journal. Also note that the article is not an editorial or book review.
Topic Search - Example in Primo Using "Advanced Search"
- Starting from the Library's home page, go to "Advanced Search"
- Advanced search box - enter search
Any field contains: "environmental justice" (use quotation marks to searh as a phrase)
AND Any field contains: policy
AND Any field contains: "united states"
AND Any field contains: debate OR issues OR controvers* (capitalize ORs)
Other possible terms: ethic*, debate, controvers*, issues, advantages, disadvantages, statistics, data
(note * retrieves various endings of term, e.g., controvers* retrieves controversy, controversial)
- 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
- Statista - Lots of charts, graphs, reports!
- Academic Search Complete A multi-disciplinary database, e.g., humanities, social sciences, sciences.
- JSTOR Includes academic journals, primary resources, and books from many academic fields.
- More Databases
Primary Sources is a library guide for locating these types of materials in both print and electronic formats.
- Milestone Documents in World History: Exploring the Primary Sources That Shaped the World. For electronic access see Salem Press.
- Milestone Documents in African American History: Exploring the Essential Primary Sources. For electronic access see Salem Press.
- Defining Documents in American History: The Free Press For electronic access see Salem Press.
- Constitutional Amendments For electronic access see Salem Press.
D. Curtin 4/7/2020