Once you select a topic, you will probably need to narrow your focus. A specific topic is easier to research because you won't have to plow through huge piles of general information. After you narrow your topic, you will need to generate keywords, which are the words and phrases you will use to search for information on your topic. The video below offers guidance on how to narrow your topic and select keywords.
Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions. It includes articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.
Expanded Academic ASAP
Expanded Academic ASAP offers balanced coverage on a wide range of topics including social sciences, humanities, education, science and technology, current events, and international news. Over three thousand periodical titles are indexed, and over 2,000 of them include full-text articles.
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.
Article Databases by Subject
All of the library's online collections, organized by subject.
Library Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.
If there are books and/or articles that you need for your research that Normandale Library does not own, you can request them through Interlibrary Loan. It usually takes from 3 to 5 days for the requested material to arrive at Normandale Library. This service is free to faculty, staff, and students.
Blank Request Form (StarID login)
Call or e-mail a librarian if you need further research assistance. We're happy to help!(952) 358-8290
Library Faculty - Reference and Instruction
Chat with a Librarian 24/7
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.
Evaluating Internet Resources
Criteria to use when evaluating the quality of an Internet site
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
(from UC Berkeley)