Gustavus Adolphus College Library Library News
Getting Started Library Tutorial Research Guides Ask Us Library Home


This guide is NO LONGER UPDATED as of Fall 2012

Visit our new Research Guides Page at

Back to CourseLib home page
Link to default screen version

Information Resources and Services for:
COM 260: Argumentation and Debate

Fall 2011
Finding Information

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Professor: Pam Conners
Librarian: Michelle Twait

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.
  • CQ Researcher
    In-depth, analytical reporting on the most current and controversial issues of the day. Published by Congressional Quarterly, with its tradition of nonpartisan reporting and analysis, each CQ Researcher presents a balanced account of an issue on the public agenda. The objective, forward-looking reporting that characterizes these articles is designed to encourage discussion, to help readers think critically and to facilitate further research.
    • Location(s): Ref H 35 .E352 [year]
  • Editorials on File
    Compiles newspaper editorial opinion from throughout the United States. Published twice monthly, Editorials On File� offers politically and geographically balanced range of opinions, grouped by theme, on hundreds of current topics from scores of newspapers. Every issue presents�through cover cartoons and reprints of actual newspaper editorial columns�the full range of opinion on 6�10 significant topics. The library's subscription runs through 2009.
  • Encyclopedia of Associations
    A comprehensive source of detailed information on over 135,000 nonprofit membership organizations.
    • Location(s): Ready Ref AS 22 .E5 2011
  • Gallup Poll
    An annual compilation of opinion poll statistics gathered by the Gallup Organization, covering from 1935 to the present. Indexes make it easy to find figures from different years. This organization also maintains a website which contains selected data at
    • Location(s): Ref HN 90 .P8 G35
  • Or you might try one of our specialized encyclopedias:
    • Encyclopedia of Environment and Society (Ref HM856 .E53 2007)
    • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues (Ref GE10 .E523 2011)
    • Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (Ref BL65 .P7 E53 2007)
    • Encyclopedia of American Education (Ref LB 17 .U54 2007)
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.
  • 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
Finding Articles
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,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    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.
  • LexisNexis Academic

    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
  • Points of View Reference Center,uid&site=pov

    This full-text database is designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database profiles over 250 topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint, and Critical Thinking Guide. Topics are supported by the main essays, articles from leading political magazines, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents (including videos) and reference sources. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).

    Technical note: If you have problems viewing video from Gustavus computers, you may want to download and install the Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin.
  • 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).
Researching Gustavus
  • Gustavus Adolphus College & Lutheran Church Archives

    Campus records, manuscript collections, student theses, college newspapers, yearbooks, and photographs are just some of the unique resources found in the College Archives. The Lutheran Church Archives houses records of largely Swedish-American church bodies in Minnesota, including photographs, congregational histories, biographical information and microfilmed church records. Included are searchable full text and pdf images of the Gustavus Adolphus College newspaper, the Gustavian Weekly, from 1920 through spring 2005.
    • Location(s): Library, 3rd floor
  • Gustavus Faculty Committees

    Learn what committees exist, their charges and membership information.
  • Gustavian Weekly (1920-2005)

    Searchable full text and pdf page images of the Gustavus Adolphus College newspaper. Issues from 1920 through spring 2005 are digitally archived here.
  • Gustavian (yearbook)
    Holdings from 1917-present (not all years available). Copies also held in the College Archives.
    • Location(s): Oversize LD 2091 .G62 G65 [year]
Finding Statistics
  • Some suggestions:
    • Associations often produce research reports or conduct polls that may yield relevant statistics.
    • CQ Researcher articles often contain a few tables/charts/graphs.
    • Look for research studies in scholarly journal articles that used quantitative methods.
    • The Gallup Poll can provide public opinion data on a variety of topics.
  • FedStats

    Provides easy access to statistics and information produced by more than 100 US Federal Government agencies.
  • 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.
  • Citing Your Sources

    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Journal Locator
    Why should I use the Journal Locator? To search for journals by title. What does the Journal Locator include? Links to the content of electronic journals. Links to the library catalog record for print journals.
  • Off-Campus Access

    Instructions for accessing article databases from off campus.
  • Reference Desk

    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00

Page Coordinator: Michelle Twait
This URL:
RSS feed of this page

800 West College Avenue     -     St. Peter, MN 56082     -     (507) 933-7556