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.
- Something About the Author
- PN 451 .S6 Ref
- An ongoing reference series that provides information about the lives and works of authors and illustrators of children's books.
- Contemporary Authors
- Z 1224 .C63 Ref
- Provides complete biographical and bibliographical information on U.S. and international authors.
- Children's Literature Review
- PN 1009 .A1 C5139 Ref
- An illustrated series that covers more than 600 writers and illustrators for children and young adults.
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 1 week (3 weeks for books) for articles to arrive.
- Literature Resource Center
- Full-text database that includes biographical, bibliographical, and critical information on some 2,500 literary writers and their works
- Gale Literary Databases
- Full-text source for authors and their works.
- Academic Search Premier
- Contains abstracts and citations for a broad range of topics, with substantial full-text. Over 3,000 peer-reviewed sources.
- 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" page for electronic reference support.
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). Plagiarism is a serious offense that can result in a failing grade or worse!
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
- A copy of the 6th and 7th editions of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 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.