ENG 111 (for Seel) - Career Research

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

The Library's 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 GuideCitation tools are also available in a lot of the databases now. Look for these to help you out. 

  • 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 2018 (6 vols.)  In SUNY Broome Library's Reference Room.
    • 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.

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




K. Pitcher 11/10/2015; D. Curtin rev. 4/14/16; latest update D. Curtin 4/9/19