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Research Guide

GATOR Library Research Help

When conducting research there are several steps to follow in order to ensure that you are finding accurate information.

  1. First, do not rely on Google or Wikipedia. Although these websites can be good starting points, there are much better places to begin your research. Google will pull up popular websites, but anyone can write a website. Wikipedia will pull up an overview of information, but this information is not always accurate.
  2. Go to the library databases instead. Depending on what you are looking for, different databases can help you with your research. Below are some of the databases found on the GATOR Library home page.
    1. CQ Researcher is a great place to find news articles on current hot topics.
    2. Credo Literati gives you access to topic pages similar to those on Wikipedia, but with accurate, up-to-date information. Literati also has a mind map tool which allows you to find related topics that can also help you narrow or expand on a topic.
    3. Learning Express is a set of tutorials in math, English, job skills, and more.
    4. Homework Louisiana offers free, online, tutoring in many subject areas. The tutoring ranges from elementary to university levels, so this is a great tool if you have children.
  3. Or, if you want to go straight to the articles, type in the topic in the search box on the library home screen.  The following steps will teach you how to use this search box.
    1. Type in the subject you are researching. This will open a new screen where search results appear.
    2. Narrow down the topic using filters. Filters include:
      1. Date – this allows you to select a timeframe for the article.
      2. Source types – newspaper, ebook, magazine, etc.
      3. Subject – this will give you subjects related to the term you searched.
      4. Publisher – names of sources, such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal.
    3. Open the article - Once you have the topic narrowed down, click on the title name. This opens a page giving you information about the article, including:
      1. Author
      2. Source
      3. Subject terms
      4. Abstract – the abstract is very important! It allows you to read a paragraph or two explaining EXACTLY what the article is about.
    4. Once you have found the article you need, there are now many things you can do with it. Look at the tool bar on the right hand side of the screen. Your options are:
      1. Print – this will print the article.
      2. Email – this will open a box that will allow you to email a link to the article to yourself or someone else.
      3. Save – if you log in to the search screen, you can save a copy of the article to an account that you create.
      4. Cite – this will allow you to select a citation for the article (e.g. MLA, APA, etc.)
    5. To read the article you can click the “PDF Full Text” link on the left side of the screen. This will open a screen displaying the article exactly as it appears in the newspaper, book or journal it came from, pictures, graphs, and all. If PDF is not available, there may also be an html version.
    6. If you want to download a copy of the article, you must first open it. Once it has been opened, hover over the article with the mouse. A set of options will appear. Select the one that looks like the save button. A pop up window will appear asking you where you want to save the file. Pick a place. Be sure to rename the file! Ebsco gives all articles a serial number when you save them instead of a name. If you do not change the name to something you will recognize, you may not be able to find it on your computer!
  4. If you have followed all of these steps but still cannot find what you need, contact a librarian! We are always glad to help you with your research.
    1. Email – library@northshorecollege.edu
    2. Call us
      1. Sullivan Campus – (985)732-6640 ext. 122.
      2. Hammond Campus – (985)543-4120 ext. 140.
      3. Florida Parish Campus – (225)222-4251 ext. 2146.
    3. In person
      1. Sullivan Library Hours – M-Th 7:00am – 5:30pm. (Mrs. Keller)
      2. Hammond Library Hours – W-Th 12:30pm – 5:30pm. (Ms. Simpson)
      3. Florida Parishes Library Hours – M-T 7:00am – 5:30pm. (Ms. Simpson)
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