Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Update on Research Starters!

Hello again,
There are so many things in the works here at the library that I can't wait to tell you about. We have a lot of exciting events planned for the "Year Of." As soon as an official announcement is made, I can clue you in on it, but trust me, you will not want to miss them. We have some things in the works for local history and genealogy, and an exciting gift that we will be able to display soon! As soon as I can tell you something, I will!

In the meantime, we have some exciting new databases that I'll be telling you about in the next few days.

I'll start with a couple of trial ones that we'll have available for a limited time. I recently told you about Research Starters: Sociology, that we have available this month. Well, Business and Education students are in luck, too. We've added Research Starters: Education and Research Starters: Business to our trial databases. (You can find links to the trial databases on the lower left side of our library homepage).

Like Research Starters: Sociology, the other Research Starters sites are designed to provide a starting place for your research. Research Starters: Education, drawn from the Education Research Complete and Academic Search Premier databases, contains overview information on 500 topics with links to key articles in Ebsco databases. The articles are sorted among 24 categories, each containing between 10 and 35 topics. Research Startes: Business is based on the Business Source Complete and Academic Search Premier databases, and articles are sorted among 19 categories, each containing between 10 and 40 article topics.

In other words, these databases practically do the first steps of your research for you by alerting you to articles relevant to your chosen topics. In addition to the topic overviews, there is an abstract and a bibliography for each article, as well as suggestions for further reading. You'll find keywords, a glossary of terms and concepts, and for many articles, you'll find information on alternate viewpoints. They won't write your paper for you (sorry) but they can help get you on your way. These databases are available through September, so take advantage of them while they're here!

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