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 eBooks is a collection of full-text e-books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more.
Credo Reference contains dictionaries, general and subject encyclopedias, biographies, handbooks, atlases, and more.
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context) provides full-text articles and reference material on a wide range of social issues.
Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center contains issue overviews and controversial essays on multiple sides of current issues.
CQ Researcher report is dedicated to a single topic and is researched and written by a journalist. Each report includes background and chronology, an assessment of the current situation, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of further reading.
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.
Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.
Note: Combined Search currently only shows content that is accessible online. The Library's physical collection is temporarily unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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