University Library at St. Cloud State University

COLL 150: Discovering the College Experience

What is Academic Research?
There are many differences between academic research and the research you conducted in high school, both in the kinds of papers you are expected to write and the types of sources you are required to consult.

This module will introduce you to:Research Image
  • Types of resources available throughout the information cycle
  • Research conversations and the scholarly research process
  • Academic literacy and the accessibility of scholarly information
The Scholarly Research Process

There are several steps in the research process.  Each builds on the other and when performed successfully results in a well researched and documented paper/project.
The image below demonstrates the various steps of research. 
Find Articles
Academic Search Premier (all topics) from EBSCO Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit elm database
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.

ProQuest U.S. Newsstream Restricted Resource
Search the most recent U.S. news content, plus archives back to the 1980s. 

Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit database
Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.

GenderWatch Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit database
Articles on topics like sexuality, religion, societal roles, feminism, masculinity, eating disorders, day care, and the workplace that support LGBT studies, family studies, gender studies, and women's studies with a unique interdisciplinary approach. Click the check box to limit results to "Peer-reviewed" for scholarly articles.
Popular vs. Scholarly articles
Scholarly and Popular Articles
Media bias chart

An interactive version of this chart is available here:

AllSides Unrestricted Resource
Examines current topics and issues through multiple news sources that represent different political viewpoints.
Professionally-researched pro, con, and related information on more than 50 controversial issues.
Presenting Information Visually: Infographics Information on infographics and examples of infographics.
Finding Your Way in the Library
Research and Writing Assistance
View instructions and get help with troubleshooting.

Student Study Rooms
Reserve student study rooms for group work, available on the second and third floors of the Library.

Equipment Check Out
VIsit the Circulation Desk to borrow digital cameras, camcorders, projectors, and other equipment.

Husky Fetch
Place a hold on the books you want using the Library’s Books and More catalog, and Husky Fetch will fetch them for you.

Write Place
Make an appointment with a writing tutor.
Getting Started with Research
Credo Reference Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase eref ebook
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.

Research Tips and Tutorials
Tutorials and guides help you get started with your research, including how to find scholarly journals and utilize library resources and services.

Research Guides (By Subject or Course Number)
Guides for doing research in a particular subject area (Art, Education, Social Work, etc.) or for a specific course.

Find academic-level topics:
Points of View Reference Center Restricted Resource Some full text availableelm database
Presents multiple sides on current controversial topics. Each topic may include topical essays, supporting articles, primary source documents, images, and videos.
Search for Books
Husky Fetch
Husky FetchSince our physical book stacks are closed due to COVID-19, to borrow books or media, please use the links to book information from the library catalog and then use the Husky Fetch service. 

Simply place a hold on the books you want using the Library’s Books and More catalog, and Husky Fetch will fetch them for you. You will receive an email when your books are ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk.
  1. Search under Books and More in LibSearch.
  2. If the item is Available at University Library, click on it 
  3. Be sure to Sign in with your StarID
  4. Under Get It, click on Request
  5. Select a Not need after date and click Send Request
  6. Wait for an email from the Library
  7. Pick up your book at the Circulation Desk.  Have your SCSU ID with you so you can check out the book.
Cite Your Sources
When you write papers for your college classes, it is extremely important to cite your sources using a particular citation style. APA and MLA are examples of commonly used citation styles. Always ask your professor what style you should use.

Hint: Look for the Cite link when you're searching library databases. It will format the citation for you and you can copy and paste it into your bibliography but be sure to check it over for errors.

For examples on how to format in-text citations and your bibliography/works cited page, choose one of the following guides:

Cite Sources in APA 

Cite Sources in MLA

Creating an annotated bibliography: details on how to create an annotated bibliography
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