This guide should help you find primary and secondary sources for your research paper on SUBJECT which are available in the Library or on the World Wide Web. The list is not comprehensive so you'll need to use this as a starting point and ferret out other sources as well. If you have questions, stop by the Reference, Periodicals/Special Collections, or Government Documents Desks for assistance or call the Reference Desk at 651-2215. For additional help, contact Mary Jarvis (x2212), Sidnye Johnson (x2209), or Carolyn Ottoson (x2204) and make an appointment.
Reference books are one of the best places to start your research. Finding background information on a topic can help you prepare to search the Library's online catalog and other resources. The Reference Collection houses basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides. A selection of Reference books which you may find useful are listed below. Be sure to check Cornette Library's online catalog or ask a Reference Librarian to find more.
- A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books
- Z 1037 .L715 2006 Ref.
- A guide to more than 28,000 picture books for children from preschool age through second grade.
- Cornette Library's online catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journals, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as diversity education
- the general LC subject heading English language
- the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as English language textbooks for foreign speakers
To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.
- An online catalog for libraries around the world. You'll find books in Cornette Library's collection listed along with many more in other libraries. Search by keyword or browse by subject heading. You may request those books which are not available in the Cornette Library through Interlibrary Loan. Be sure to submit your requests at least two weeks before you will need them.
Cornette Library provides access to a number of online resources for finding journal articles. Some provide the full text of articles, while others may give only the citation and in some cases an abstract or short summary of the article. Some of these resources are general in nature, covering many subject areas. Others focus on particular subject areas or disciplines. When you find articles, evaluate them to make sure you are getting valid information. If you need assistance with searching the resources listed below, ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or the Periodicals Desk (second floor). You may also call the Reference Desk at 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open or use our Ask a Librarian form for electronic reference support.
All of our online resources are available from off-campus as well as in the library. You will be asked to login: use your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
While most of our online resources include the full-text of the journal articles they index, some only include citations. To find the full-text of an article when you only have the citation, browse our list of online journals and search Cornette Library's online catalog by journal title to determine if the issue you need is available in the Library's Periodicals collection. Journals are shelved alphabetically by title in the bound, microfilm, microfiche, or current periodicals areas on the Library's second floor. If the Library does not have the journal issue you need, you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan.
- ERIC (EBSCO)
- One interface to the ERIC research articles and reports. Links to full text of articles in other library resources.
- ERIC (FirstSearch)
- Another interface to the ERIC research articles and reports with links to full text of articles in other library resources.
- ERIC (U. S. Department of Education
- Another interface to the version available freely from the U.S. Department of Education. Does not have links to articles in other library resources.
Most of our database will include the logo on the options for each search result. Clicking this link will open a popup window with several options for retrieving the full-text of the document. One or more of these choices will be shown:
- 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.
If you would like more information about the feature, please see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
The Web can be a useful source for finding primary sources and scholarly information as many libraries, archives, museums, and individual researchers have put digitized (scanned) images on their Web sites. You will also find secondary sources that can lead you to additional primary sources.
- Instructional Resource Center at Cornette Library
- Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
- Children's Literature Web Guide
- Online Resources for K-12 Teachers: Children's and Adolescent Literature
- Scout Report Archives
- INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
- ipl2 (merger of Internet Public Librarian and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
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 a failing grade or expulsion!
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
A copy of the 5th and 6th editions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is kept at the Reference Desk. Additional assistance with citing electronic publications is available from the APA online site, which is accessible from Cornette Library's Citation Basics page.
There's always room for improvement!
If you have suggestions for improvements or would like to comment on something you found especially useful about this course guide, please email Linda Chenoweth. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.