ENG 111 (for Seel) - Career Research

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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. The tutorial 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 guide: MLA Style Guide.

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

  • MLA Handbook, 8th edition  LB2369 .G53 2016

Finding Books/eBooks and Articles

Search Primo, found on the Library's home page.

  • How to Find a Book - includes directions for interlibrary loan, in case we don't have the book you want
  • How to Find an Article - includes directions for interlibrary loan, in case we don't have the article you want
  • some search examples:
    • your career choice AND career
    • your career choice AND "vocational guidance"     (use quotation marks to search as a phrase)
  • other search terms: occupation, "job hunting", "job satisfaction"

Not finding a book in Primo? You can expand your search to "Other Libraries," and submit an interlibrary loan request.

Other Databases

From the Library's home page select "Articles by Subject." On the following web page (Find Articles) you will find different types of databases. To search for sources select databases that cover the scope of your topic.

  • Some databases to try:
    • Academic Search Complete Find magazine, journal, and newspaper articles in this multidisciplinary database. Some search examples to try:
      • your career choice AND career 
      • ​your career choice AND "vocational guidance"     (use quotation marks to search as a phrase)
      • other search terms: occupation, "job hunting", "job satisfaction"
    • Career Cruising Explore interests, careers, education options.
    • Vocational and Career Collection Trade and industry-related periodicals. 
    • Databases for Careers

Career Resources of Interest

  • 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.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (2018) Print source in SUNY Broome Library's Reference Room. Ref HF 5382.5 .U5 O33 2018
  • Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance (2018) Print source in SUNY Broome Library's Reference Room. Ref HF5381 .E52 2018 (6 vols.) 
    • 987 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New York State / Southern Tier Region Career Information:


K. Pitcher 11/10/2015; D. Curtin rev. 4/14/16; latest update D. Curtin 10/16/19