WRITING 121 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.  Start at the COCC Library webpage. Look for the Encyclopedias and more link  Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Credo Reference Online
(look for Credo’s “Mindmap” option that let’s focus your topic!)

Gale Reference Online

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


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.

GENERAL DATABASES  

Academic Search Premier

MasterFile Premier


TO SEARCH A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE/JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “parks and recreat*”

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

  • use boolean commands
    example: recycl* 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

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
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!

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Here’s Barber Library’s open hours: https://www.cocc.edu/library/hours/

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Barber Library web page:

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Or e-mail us at: refdesk@cocc.edu.

Or call us at: (541)383-7567.

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