Refining Your Topic
Use this guide from Golden Gate University for addtional tips and information for refining your topic.
After choosing a topic, you need to generate keywords to use to search the database. Think of synonyms and alternate terms for you topic that people writing on this topic might use. Think of terms that are:
1. Synonyms or alternate terms
2. Broader ideas
3. Narrower ideas
4. Related ideas
Watch this video from the library at California State University at San Bernardino to see how to turn your topic into keywords to search the library databases with.
Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.
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.
Credo Reference contains general and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, bibliographies, chronologies, handbooks, atlases, and more.
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, etc.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Library Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.
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