Writing 95 Research

TO GET TO THE COCC LIBRARY WEBPAGE:

http://www.cocc.edu/Library/


ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS:

Online encyclopedias can provide wonderful background information for your topic, making your book and articles more successful.  Useful online encyclopedias for your topic are listed below.  You can use these links or get to all of these from the COCC Library webpage. Look for the Encyclopedias and more link (you’ll see the globe icon) and then click on Encyclopedias.  Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online

Explore some other options for locating background information at COCC’s collection of online encyclopedias at
http://www.cocc.edu/Library/reference/

OR…take a look at these specific online encyclopedias that may be useful for your writing assignment in this class!

Sage Key Concepts Series: Key Concepts in Community Studies

Encyclopedia of Social Networks

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

Encyclopedia of Rural America : The Land and People


CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES:

Get an overview of contemporary issues using these resources. You can use the links below or access these resources from the COCC Library webpage (choose Articles and More then click on the titles listed below).

CQ Researcher

Opposing Viewpoints


TO GET SOME BOOKS, USE ONLINE CATALOGS:

Start with the link for Barber Library Catalog.

Choose a keyword search.  Type in the keywords …try: communit*.

Note the use of truncation (wildcard character!)


USE JOURNAL ARTICLE  DATABASES FOR ARTICLES:

Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Get to the COCC Library Databases webpage.

SPECIFIC DATABASES  PARTICULARLY APPROPRIATE FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT

Academic Search Premier

MasterFile Premier


TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “social network*”

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: communit*

  • use boolean commands
    example: econ* AND communit*

    example: (art* OR music*) AND communit*

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles  may be ordered via inter-library loan.

Why not just use Google to find your information? BECAUSE the library search tools we offer get you to the information you need fast and effectively.  Library search tools such as  library catalogs, databases and online encyclopedias give you FREE, FAST and FACTUAL information so that you can complete your writing research assignments!


CITATION FORMAT

http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/


HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE!

Need help finding some information?  Are you new to databases and want to find an article?  Do you need help printing a document?  The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!  Here’s Barber Library’s open hours.

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Library webpage.

Or e-mail us at:  refdesk@cocc.edu.


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