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We know that First Term Seminars cover a variety of topics. This page is a general guide to introduce you to helpful library resources.
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Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. They are specialized encyclopedias that 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. The Reference Collection is located on the main level of the library between the computer lab and group study rooms.
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. See also Library of Congress Classification System
- 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.
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.
Search for 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.
Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
- Expanded Academic ASAP
This multi-disciplinary database covers subjects from the arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology. It includes scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers, many with full text and images. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
- Databases by Topic:
These are just a sampling of the databases you can access through the library website. To find more, go to the library homepage and click on the database drop down menu in the left-hand corner or go to the Research for Courses and Programs page and click on department headings under the Programs column.
- Business Source Premier
Full-text coverage to more than 2,800 scholarly journals and trade publications in business, economics, political science and public administration. Selected Datamonitor company reports and EIU country documents are also available. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
The EconLit database, produced by the Journal of Economic Literature, includes subject indexing and abstracts to 685 journals, books, dissertations, and working papers in the field of economics and allied disciplines.
ERIC is the major index to literature in education. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, it provides full citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, curricula, government documents, dissertations, and research reports selected by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). ERIC citations date from 1966 to the present, and full text is available for many research reports. You may limit your search to show only results with free full text.
- Educator's Reference Complete
This upgrade to the Professional Collection database includes more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
- RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature indexes over 500 scholarly sources on music and related disciplines, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments and voice, dance, music therapy, music librarianship, the physics of music, and other fields as they relate to music. The majority of citations include abstracts.
Citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields, going back to 1840. This database covers all areas of psychology, including experimental, developmental, communications, social processes and issues, personality, physical and psychological disorders, professional issues, applied psychology, educational psychology, and behavioral literature in such related fields as law, business and medicine. Also includes citations for books and book chapters.
- ATLA Religion Database & ATLA Serials
A comprehensive research database in the fields of religion and theology produced by the American Theological Library Association. Includes bibliographic citations and abstracts to journal articles from over 1,500 titles, citations to essays and book chapters, book reviews, and Doctor of Ministry projects. Many journal articles and book reviews are also available in full text.
- SPORTDiscus with Full Text
The world's most comprehensive bibliographic resource for all aspects of sport and fitness. Contains bibliographic references to international practical and research literature in sport, physical fitness, active living, and physical education. This database contains over 650,000 records with journal and monograph coverage going back to 1800. It provides full text for more than 440 journals indexed in SPORTDiscus.
This tutorial offers information on library resources and getting started on research projects.
Useful Library Resources
Use these pages to explore additional library resources.
- Assignment Calculator
The Assignment Calculator can help you stay on track as you research and write an assignment. Just enter your start date and due date, and the Assignment Calculator will suggest tips and deadlines for completing the steps of the research and writing process. Based on the original Assignment Calculator from the University of Minnesota.
- Interlibrary Loan
Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
Location(s): Library - Main Floor
- Citing Your Sources
Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
Note: The library will discontinue our RefWorks subscription after spring semester 2012. Our RefWorks-account holders will receive details in early spring. RefWorks is a citation management program. To use it, create a personal account, then download or enter citations. You can print your citations in a wide variety of styles.
Learn more about RefWorks.
- Evaluating Web Sites (and other resources)
Tips on how to recognize reliable sources by evaluating them based on authority, scope, currency, accuracy, and commercialism.
- Evaluating Journals and Magazines
Learn how to distinguish between scholarly, popular, and trade articles. From the North Carolina University Libraries.
- Reference Desk
A librarian is available to answer your questions at the Reference Desk: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00.
- Off-Campus Access
Instructions for accessing article databases from off-campus. No matter where you are, as long as you have access to an Internet connection and you can get to our library website, you can use most of our online databases.
- Finding Articles Tutorial
View our video tutorial for a quick introduction to finding articles using the yellow Find It! button.
- MnPALS Plus Video Tutorial
View our video tutorial for a quick introduction to the MnPALS Plus Catalog.
Chat with a Reference Librarian
- Collections Tour Video Tutorial
View our video tutorial for a quick introduction to navigating the library's collections.
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