Background Information - Searches best with single topics
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of full-text e-books that includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more.
CQ Researcher reports provide "in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy." Each CQ Researcher report is researched and written by a journalist and includes a "background and chronology, an assessment of the current situation, tables and maps, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of key sources."
Pro/Con Argumentative Essays - Searches best with single topics
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides full-text articles and reference material on wide range of social issues such as immigration, abortion, animal rights, biomedical ethics, gun control, gangs, homelessness, gambling, homosexuality, human rights, Islam, the Middle East, and racism.
Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center is a full text database designed to provide students with a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
Articles - Newspaper, Magazine, Academic Journals - Searches best with narrow topics or combined topics
Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions. It includes articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.
ProQuest News & Newspapers
Provides full text coverage of thousands of U.S. and international newspapers. Includes the former ProQuest Newsstand collection, now named Global Newsstream.
Search Everything - Databases + Library Catalog
Library Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.
Consider the source's –
A = Author - Who wrote this? Are they an expert? Do they have credentials?
P = Publication - Who published this? Are they well known or reliable? What is their mission? To entertain, inform, or persuade the reader?
P = Point of View - What is the purpose or point-of-view of the source? To inform, entertain, or persuade? Is there any bias? Do they present both sides of an issue?
S = Sources - Does the source cite their facts or have references? Where do they get their information? Are their references from trustworthy publications?
In our library instruction session on 11/27, we'll be evaluating the article “Juveniles Tried as Adults: What Happens When Children Go to Prison” by Caitlin Curley on GenFKD.com, which you can access here.
How Should I Search in a Library Database? (from Northeastern Illinois University)
Evaluating Sources for Credibility (from North Carolina State University)
Choosing and Using Keywords (from California State University - San Bernardino)
Call or e-mail a librarian if you need further research assistance. We're happy to help!(952) 358-8290
Library Faculty - Reference & Instruction
Your question may be directed to a librarian from another college when Normandale librarians are unavailable.
In order to access databases and other Library resources from off campus, login with your StarID and password when prompted. Off-campus access to library databases is only available to current Normandale students, staff, and faculty.