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Information Resources and Services for:
NDL 210: Community Action

January 2009
Finding Information

The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore a selection of sources available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact me directly at jgilber2@gac.edu or x7552.


The Research Process

A quick word about the research process. With so many tools available, it's fairly easy to find information about your topic. What's more important is finding quality information about your topic. Scrutinize your sources: When was the book written? What position does the article's author argue? Is this the best database for my topic? Think critically about the process: Do I have enough appropriate sources? Do I have an understanding of the topic? What other sources can I consult? Have I visited the Reference Desk yet?

When you think critically about the research process (and when you give yourself enough time to explore a variety of sources), you'll find that it's not only exciting, it will help you write a better paper!

Personnel:
Thia Cooper tcooper@gustavus.edu
Julie Gilbert jgilber2@gac.edu


Table of Contents:

Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. These specialized encyclopedias provide overviews of topics, giving you both a sense of the scope of the topic and good search terms! Some reference books also have suggestions for further reading; locate these books and articles to use as sources in your paper.
  • American Immigrant Cultures: Builders of a Nation
    New York: Macmillan 1997
    Covers culture groups from Acadians to Zoroastrians, covering each group's defining features, patterns of cultural variation, immigration history, demographics, cultural characteristics, and relevant published literature.
    • Location(s): Ref E184.A1 A63448 1997
  • Encyclopedia of American Immigration
    Armonk: Sharpe 2010
    Covers historical and contemporary issues in immigration policy, provides coverage of social and cultural issues and background on specific immigrant groups. The final section reproduces key legal documents from the US Constitution to late twentieth-century immigration legislation and executive orders. (Note: Gustavus is missing volume 2 of this set.)
    • Location(s): Ref JV 6465 .E53 2010
  • Encyclopedia of Genocide
    Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO 1999
    This two volume set provides coverage of the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, and other instances of genocide throughout the world.
    • Location(s): Ref HV 6322.7 .E53 1999
  • Encyclopedia of Homelessness
    Sage 2004
    Presents articles that describe patterns of homelessness, historically and in the contemporary world, causes, legal issues, advocacy, legislation, issues facing the homeless, research, and the extent and nature of homelessness in cities and countries around the world. Includes a number of primary source documents.
    • Location(s): Ref HV 4493 .E53 2004
    2 vols.
  • Regional Surveys of the World
    This multi-volume set provides excellent and informative information on countries of the world, including geographical, historical, political, economic, and statistical information. Each entry also contains a directory of governmental and non-governmental organizations. Older volumes are shelved in the General and/or Oversize collection; recent volumes are shelved in Reference. Consult the following list to identify volume(s) useful to your research.
    • Africa South of the Sahara
      Location: Ref DT 351 .A37
    • Central and South-Eastern Europe
      Location: Ref HC 244 .A1 C46
    • Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia
      Location: Ref HC 244 .A1 E29
    • The Far East and Australasia
      Location: Ref DS1 .F3
    • The Middle East and North Africa
      Location: Ref DS 49 .M62
    • South America, Central American, and the Caribbean
      Location: Ref F1401 .S28
    • Western Europe
      Location: Ref HC 240 .A1 W47
  • World Factbook (CIA)
    Prepared by the CIA, the World Factbook provides concise country profiles, including economic, political, and social information. A paper copy of the Factbook is also available in the Reference section at Ref G 122 .U56a
Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • MnLink
    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
Search for chemistry articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
    Coverage varies by title; mostly 1980s-present
  • New York Times Historical (1851-4 years ago)
    The full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 4 years ago -- covering the entire publishing history of the newspaper back to the first issue. The newspaper text is fully indexed and searchable and the database also contains full-page images, including graphics. Available on the Web through ProQuest.
    1851-4 years ago
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    1986-present (most from 1995 on)
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
    The Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present. Click on the "Web of Science" tab to limit your search to one or more specific citation databases.
    1997-present
Statistics
  • Pew Hispanic Center 2007
    Based at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication. Includes the text of several reports, as well as information on demographics, economics, labor, immigration, education, health, and Latinos in the military.
  • Statistical Resources on the Web
    Sponsored and maintained by the University of Michigan Library Documents Center, this website categorizes statistical sources into 24 major topical areas. It includes comprehensive coverage of government sites and is also fully searchable.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    Includes summaries of statistical publications and searches and displays tables of statistical data. Statistical Insight includes links to the full-text of selected publications and government web sites, including the information contained in the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Reference Desk
    Hours for January at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 9:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00
Contacting Julie
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email me at jgilber2@gustavus.edu or call x7552.

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