SPK 110 Sec. 4 (for Fadden) Fall 2018

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This guide is to assist you with your library research, for your course 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.

How to Locate Articles

There are different types of article databases, e.g., multi-disciplinary, subject specific, viewpoint.  To search for articles select a database that covers the scope of your topic.

Some databases to start with:

Opposing Viewpoints in Context  Includes topic overviews and viewpoint articles on issues.

Search example:

green cities


Discovery Search  Searches many of the Library's databases at once.

​Search example:

(use advanced search)

"green cities" OR "sustainable cities" OR eco-cities


debate OR argument OR controversy OR issue

Tip: Select your "Content Types," e.g., Academic Journals, Magazines.  (On left of search results page.)


Academic Search Complete  A multi-disciplinary database, e.g., humanities, social sciences, sciences.

Search example:

(use advanced search)

​"green cities" OR "sustainable cities" OR eco-cities


"united states"

Tip: Select your "Source Types," e.g., Academic Journals, Magazines.  (On left of search results page.)


More Databases:

CQ Researcher  Articles include: topic overview, historical background, chronology, pros/cons.  Also includes "Hot Topics" articles.

Databases for News. The Library's news databases.

Statista  Lots of statistics!  Charts!

More databases available through the SUNY Broome Library.

Searching for Books  

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

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).

How to Find Government Websites

To find government websites add the following to your Google search:  site:.gov

Search example:     environment site:.gov

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 guide: MLA Style Guide Citation tools are also available in a lot of the databases now. Look for these to help you out.

In the Library’s reference and circulating collections you can find:

  • MLA Handbook, 8th edition  LB2369 .G53 2016


D. Curtin  2/13/18, latest update 9//21/18