Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.
- Excellent place to start research.
- Provide background information.
- Include basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides.
- Provide list of sources (books, articles, etc.) for specific subjects. May include annotations.
- A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books
- Z 1037 .L715 2006
- Lists of children's picture books on more that 1,350 subjects
- Find currently adopted textbooks in all subjects and all grade levels
- Click on the IRC link to go its web page and to explore links given there.
- Cornette Library's online catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as science 5.
- the general LC subject heading science study and teaching.
- the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as science study and teaching elementary.
- Can limit to books in the Instructional Resource Center or the Youth Shelves.
Provide current information
- Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals.
- Microform (film or fiche) available for dozens of leading newspapers, as well as other periodicals.
- Databases index articles found in journals and magazines.
- Citation only;
- Citation and a short summary of the article (abstract);
- Full text;
- General, covering many kinds of topics, and specialized, for specific disciplines.
- For this assignment be sure to use scholarly sources, not general interest magazines. The differences are important, for citation and for evaluating reliability.
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC.
- Off-campus: Login with your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
- Database citations not in full-text may be located in Cornette Library's online catalog, or the list of online journals.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles inaccessible through Cornette library. Allow up to 3 weeks for articles to arrive.
- ERIC (Ebsco)
- Index of journal articles, research documents, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials. Links to full text of some articles and some ERIC documents.
- ERIC (FirstSearch)
- Index of journal articles, research documents, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materails. Links to full text of some articles and some ERIC documents.
- ERIC (U.S. Department of Education)
- Index of journal articles, research documents, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materails. Links to some ERIC documents. This is the version freely available from the U. S. Department of Education.
- Displays in most of our databases. Links from a citation to one or more of the following:
- One or more links to full-text of the cited article,
- A link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item,
- A link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article, or
- A link to various help options.
- For more information see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
- Use the "Ask A Librarian" form for electronic reference support.
- The World Wide Web is an excellent source of information.
- Not everything found on the Web is accurate.
- You must evaluate information on the Web.
Science Teaching Websites
- Searchable lists of annotated web sites, discussion lists, and electronic journals that have met specific selection criteria.
- Scout Report Archives
- Scholarly. Keyword or advanced search. Results listed by relevance.
- INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
- Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
- ipl2 - merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Internet Index
- General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code)
a serious offense that can result in failure or expulsion.
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
- Dr. Campbell requires you to use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
- A copy of the 6th edition of this guide is located at the Reference Desk.
- Additional assistance is available from our Citation Basics web page.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- Please email Linda Chenoweth.