COL 105 Secs. 9 & 10 (for Blackburn) Fall 2018

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The following resources and services are available to you through the SUNY Broome Library.  Also listed are some selected web resources for career information.

Library Home Page

The Library home page is a great place to start!  It has links to:

  • search for articles and books - Note: Select the "articles" tab or the "books/media" tab for the type of resource you are looking for.
  • textbooks on reserve
  • MLA and APA style guides - Note: The APA guide has a template for formatting your paper (at the end of the document).
  • library guides, subject and course, to assist you with your research
  • interlibrary loan (if the Library does not have the book or article you need, we will try and obtain it for you)
  • tutorials (how to ... search for books, articles, evaluate information, cite sources ...)
  • reference assistance including ASK US 24/7 chat reference

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 guides: MLA Style Guide and APA Style Guide.

Also in the Library’s reference and circulating collections you can find the following books:

  • MLA Handbook, 8th edition.  LB269 .G53 2016
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition.  BF76.7 .P83 2010

Searching for Books  

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

  • examples of searches are:
    • "college success" and "study skills"     Note: Keep quotation marks to search as phrase.
    • "vocational guidance" and your career choice
    • career and your career choice

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).

Databases and Articles

There are different types of databases, e.g., multi-disciplinary, subject specific.  To search for sources select databases that cover the scope of your topic.  Some places to start:

  • PrepStep  Interactive online learning platform for college success!  Includes: College Success Skills, Career Preparation, Basic Computer Skills, Math and English Skills, plus more.
  • Career Cruising  Explore your interests and career possibilities.
  • Vocational and Career Collection
  • Discovery Search  Searches many of the Library's databases at once.
  • Academic Search Complete  A multi-disciplinary database, e.g., humanities, social sciences, sciences.
    • search examples for Discovery Search and Academic Search Complete:
      • "college success" and "time management"     Note: Keep quotation marks to search as phrase.
      • career and your career choice
      • "vocational guidance" and your career choice
      • "job satisfaction" and your career choice
  • More databases available through the SUNY Broome Library.

More Resources for Career Information








D. Curtin 10/4/15; latest update 9/6/18