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Exploring Topics

CQ Researcher (Topic List) Restricted Resource   Contains summary reports of current political and social issues. 

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Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Contains articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.

Academic OneFile (Gale) Restricted Resource Contains articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.

ProQuest News & Newspapers Restricted Resource
Provides full text coverage of thousands of U.S. and international newspapers. Includes the former ProQuest Newsstand collection, now named Global Newsstream.


Book Search

Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.


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Try another database or try Combined Search.

Article Databases by Subject
All of the library's online collections, organized by subject.

Combined Search

Combined Search

Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.


Library Research Videos

Research Reminders About Database Searching

database is a collection of electronic materials, like magazines, newspapers, journals, and books. You will search library databases similarly to how you search Google, some important differences. You often search Google with sentences, commands, questions or phrases. However, with databases:
  • You search databases with topics (ideas, concepts) and nouns (person, place, thing). We call the terms you search databases with keywords
  • Keep keywords at 1-4 words; shorter is better. Try to reduce your topic to its core idea.
  • Try pairing the keywords together in order to limit the number of results you get. You can connect two keywords by putting the word 'and' between them. 
  • Think of synonyms for your keywords. Databases search the text of an article for your exact keywords, and authors might not have used the exact same words as you. Think of synonyms, alternate terms, similar ideas, etc. to search with.
  • Worksheet to help you develop keywords: Keyword Worksheet docx 

This video gives a good overview of what database searching looks like:

An introduction to advanced search techniques:
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Lacey Mamak
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Reference & Instruction Librarian

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Library Faculty - Reference & Instruction

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Access Databases from Off Campus
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.
Citation Generator
NoodleTools Express Citation Generator - a citation tool that will help you format your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago. Always double-check the result.
Evaluate Source Credibility
Evaluate each source you use with CAPPS!
Consider the source's –
C = Currency
A = Author
P = Publication
P = Point of View
S = Sources
More info about CAPPS pdf

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