Provides online access to over 500 reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.) in all subject areas. This is the premier place to look up a quick fact or to search for background information on a research topic.
Points of View Reference Center
Presents multiple sides on current controversial topics. Each topic may include topical essays, supporting articles, primary source documents, images, and videos.
Professionally-researched pro, con, and related information on more than 50 controversial issues.
Academic Search Premier
Full-text articles in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
ERIC is the primary database supporting research in all areas of education, including psychology, administration, and library science.
PsycINFO is the premier source for finding scholarly articles and other information relating to all aspects of psychology and related fields.
Teacher Reference Center
Provides indexing and abstracts for over 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals to assist professional educators.
- Search by concepts, taking out common words like effect, affect, good, bad, etc.
- Using AND focuses or limits your search and leads to fewer results. Using OR between synonyms broadens or expands your search and leads to more results (i.e. millennials OR generation y).
- Use * to search for different word endings (child* searches child, child's, children, children's but also childbirth) and plurals.
- Use quotation marks around phrases.
- Try the Advanced Search. Change the "field" you are search using the pull down menu (for example, search for keywords only in the "Title" of an article).
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- Purpose: The reason the information exists.
The following resources offer examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
Works Cited: A Quick Guide (MLA Style Center)
Describes the core elements of an MLA citation and provides examples for citing different types of sources.
MLA Style Guide, 8th Edition (IRSC Libraries)
Includes examples for citing sources, formatting your paper, using in-text citations, and creating your Works Cited list according to the 8th edition of MLA style.
For additional resources and tools to help you manage your resources and create citations, consult the library's Citation Styles guide. [link to guide].
- Effectively integrating source material from the experts with your own ideas and accurately referencing that source material can lend support to the argument in your paper and credibility to your reputation as a maturing professional in your field.
- Providing complete references enables readers who are interested in your topic to find out more about your research.
- Just as you expect to receive credit for your work, other authors expect and deserve credit for theirs. (from LEO: Literacy Education Online)
If you do not cite your sources you are being academically dishonest and guilty of plagiarism, a violation of SCSU's Student Code of Conduct.
The Write Place offers free, one-on-one tutoring to all members of the St. Cloud State University community, at any stage in the writing process. They are located in Building 51 and also have a satellite location in the library on the first floor.
Direct link: https://youtu.be/jaZUAHxSb9k
Scholarly vs. Popular Materials Guide (NCSU)
Guide to distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazines, and trade journals/magazines.
Popular vs. Scholarly Articles: A Guide and Tutorial
A guide, tutorial, and quiz that helps you determine if an article is scholarly or popular (University of Arizona).
Bennett, Laura. "Woe Is Twee." New Republic, vol. 243, no.16, 2012, pp. 24-27. Academic Search Premier.
Bergman, Shawn M., et al. "Millennials, Narcissism, And Social Networking: What Narcissists Do On Social Networking Sites And Why." Personality & Individual Differences, vol. 50, no. 5, 2011, pp. 706-711. Academic Search Premier.
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Equipment Check Out
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