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Tips & Tricks using library and other online resources
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Background Sources for Different Areas

videoSee how background info gives you a head start in searching

  • Sage Knowledge
    Encyclopedias are one of a few sources that give you an overiew of a topic. You can learn enough to choose a specific aspect of a broad topic. You can also pick up key terms as well as author names to search in our catalog and article databases.
  • CQ Researcher
    contains hundreds of research reports on topics of social policy. Each report includes a chronology, charts, graphs, bibliography, & other overview materials. Browse reports or search by keyword.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
  • Science in Context
    Science in Context features authoritative information and detailed coverage of popular subjects. From earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography.

Ideas for Papers

  • Debates & Polls
  • Frontline Video Archive
    Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television’s flagship public affairs series for investigative documentaries. 160 videos are available for free access.
  • Intelligence Squared
  • ProCon.org
    Provide pros and cons on diverse controversial topics with facts and quotations from thousands of experts.

Newspapers

  • Boston Globe
    Covers 1980 to date.
  • Google News Archive Search
    Provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. In addition to helping you search, News archive search can automatically create timelines which show selected results from relevant time periods.
  • Lexis Nexis (News)
    Search hundreds of media including national and regional newspapers, magazines, wire services, and transcripts.
  • Lowell Sun
    Coverage from 9/21/2001 to date. For older issues consult the microfilm collection at the Center for Lowell History or Pollard Memorial Library.
  • New York Times
    Covers 1985 to date.
  • New York Times (historical)
    Searchable from 1851 up to 2009. Retrieves the picture of the article as it originally appeared in print.
  • Wall Street Journal via ABI
    Covers Eastern Edition from 1984 to date.
 

MulltiDatabase Discovery Search

Hints:   Use AND between different terms
             Use OR between terms with similar meaning
             Use * to retrieve all words with that root.

Quick tips for searching the Discovery Database

EBSCO Discovery
Limit Your Results

Book Sources

  • ebrary Library
    Click on the Bookshelf tab and sign in. Search ebrary's 100,000 online books and save the ones you want in your bookshelf. Put phrases in quotes. SAMPLE: "brain injury" and rehabilitation
  • Library Catalog
    Sign in to borrow books not owned at UML.
    Put Phrases in quotes.
    e.g. "school choice" "law and legislation"

Media Sources

  • Frontline Video Archive
    Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television’s flagship public affairs series for investigative documentaries. 160 videos are available for free access.
  • Films On Demand
    Search for streaming videos in dozens of subject areas.
  • TEDtalks
    TEDtalks are recordings of talks given by TED conference attendees. Originally organized to bring together technology, entertainment, and design, TEDtalks now cover a broad spectrum of topics from politics to the arts.

Google Scholar

Watch for links to other who are citing an particular article for additional sources for your papers.



Google Search

See a sample Google Search
Use advanced search strategies in Google Search

Questions to think about:
1. What is the authority behind the information?
2. What is the purpose of the information?
3. How biased or neutral is the information?
4. Can the information be verified from other sources?



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