Beginning a research project? CREDO Reference is a great place to start. You can search or browse over 10,000 topic pages containing overview articles, definitions, images, and reference articles. Credo topic pages also link out to other library resources such as the online catalog and EBSCO databases.
When you enter a keyword search in Credo, you will explore topic pages as well as articles from 600 reference books. Topic pages appear at the top of your results. In the left menu, you can narrow your results by subject, type of entry and other criteria. Following a link to one of Jenks Library’s databases or the online catalog will carry your search term over to the new resource.
Credo's Concept Map is an interactive tool that will help explore relationships between ideas as you expand or narrow your research topic.
The Gadgets feature helps find specific kinds of information such as a definition, a person, an image, or a quotation.
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ERIC on the EBSCOhost platform is a key resource for education research. The ERIC Collection, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, contains more than 1.4 million records including peer-reviewed journal articles, books, research reports and policy papers. Using ERIC on EBSCOhost allows access to full text articles in other EBSCO databases. If a journal article or a document is available through EBSCO or the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), the record will contain a link to the full text.
It is important to note that all EBSCO search screens, including ERIC, are set to limit your initial search results to articles available at Gordon College – either online or in print. This means you have immediate access to the articles. If you want to search more broadly, just uncheck all three limiters (Print/microform, Full Text and Full Text in Project Muse) and you will also retrieve articles that are not available at Gordon, but can be requested through interlibrary loan.
One of the strengths of ERIC is its thesaurus, a standardized list of education-related terms called descriptors. Using these descriptors in your search can help you find the most relevant articles. Select the “Thesaurus” link at the top of the ERIC search page to search or browse terms. Thesaurus entries often show alternate terms, broader and narrower terms to use. You can select a descriptor and add it to your search. Alternatively, you can enter the descriptor term into the search screen “Find” box and select the field “Descriptors”.
ERIC is available from the Library home page. Go to Electronic Resources and scroll down to ERIC. You will also find this database on the Electronic Resources by Subject – Education page and on the Education Research Guide.
Reference librarians are on hand to help you get started using ERIC and to assist you in constructing searches. Stop by the Reference Desk for a quick walk through and introduction to this useful research tool.
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Music Online lets you search across five databases offering streaming music, scores, and reference articles. You can also select the databases individually from the “Go to” box at the top left of the Music Online home page.
Classical Music Library playlists are themed collections of works. After registering for a personal account, you can create and save your own playlists.
While the other four Music Online databases allow unlimited users, Classical Music Library lets three Gordon College people in at one time. If you are not able to enter Classical Music Library, try again later, and if this occurs often, please tell a librarian.
All five databases are also listed individually on the Library Electronic Resources webpage and on the Electronic Resources by Subject – Music Resources webpage.
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MEDLINE on EBSCOhost is an excellent choice for finding articles on medicine, kinesiology, neuroscience, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and more. The MEDLINE database was created by the National Library of Medicine and allows you to search across more than 4,800 journals. Many articles are available online and you can access them from the database. If Jenks Library owns the print journal, you will see a link to the online catalog and information on where to find the issue you need.
It is important to note that all EBSCO search screens, including MEDLINE, are set to limit your initial search to articles available at Gordon College – either online or in print. This means you have immediate access to the articles. If you want to search more broadly, just uncheck the limiters and you will also find articles that are not available at Gordon, but can be requested through interlibrary loan.
MEDLINE is available from the Library home page. Go to “Electronic Resources” and scroll down to the database.
Reference librarians are on hand to help you get started using MEDLINE and to assist you in constructing searches. Stop by the Reference Desk for a quick walk through and introduction to this useful research tool.
BIOGRAPHY IN CONTEXT
Looking for biographical information? Then Biography in Context is a good place to start, with over 600,000 authoritative biographies spanning from ancient times to the present day. You will find information about authors, world leaders, historical figures, scientists, athletes, social reformers and more.
You can find this research tool by going to the library homepage and choosing Electronic Resources.
Does your research project call for reliable information from a variety of types of publications, including scholarly journals? Then Academic OneFile from Gale/Infotrac is a good choice for you.
Most of the 13,000 sources in this database are journals or magazines covering the sciences, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
Many sources cover news stories and include the following
Academic OneFile also contains reference sets providing background and factual information
From Academic OneFile's advanced search screen you can focus your query by limiting to fulltext or articles from peer-reviewed journals. You can also narrow your search to certain document types like biographies, book reviews, clinical reviews, critical essays and quotations. Finally you can limit your search to certain publications.
You can choose to sort your results by publication date or relevance. Select one of the tabs at the top of the list to view results from academic journals, magazines, books, news, or multimedia. You can limit your results list further by choosing a subject, document type or publication title from the left side.
Not all articles in Academic OneFile are full text. If you find a relevant article and it is not full text, search for the journal title in Periodical List to see if it is available in another database or in the library print periodical collection. If the article is not available in Jenks Library, you can request it through the library's interlibrary loan service.
Academic OneFile offers new features that allow you to
When you've found an article to use in your research, look in the upper right of the article page for links to print, email or download. Choose the citation tools link to generate the article citation in MLA or APA format, or to export it to a bibliographic manager like EndNote.
Reference librarians are on hand to help you get started using Academic OneFile and to assist you in constructing searches. Stop by the Reference Desk for a quick walk through and introduction to this useful research tool.
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ebrary is Jenks Library’s new collection of 50,000 academic ebooks from leading publishers.
Find ebrary ebooks from two places on the library website
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Britannica Online is an excellent place to begin a research project. You will find high-quality, comprehensive encyclopedia articles providing good background information, as well as links to journal articles, recommended websites, and more.
From the Britannica home page, you can search the encyclopedia, and other research tools - Video Collection, Timelines, World Data Analyst, Compare Countries, World Atlas, Notable Quotations, and Gateway to the Classics. The World Data Analyst Online is a comprehensive database of statistics on every nation of the world. On the right side of the page, look for the Britannica Blog, where you can take part in discussions about culture, education, movies, sports, and other topics.
On an article page, you will see a table of contents for longer articles. The text of the article will contain links to other Britannica articles. You can expand your research to find journal articles and websites by clicking on links at the top of the page. At the bottom of the page, you will find the article's citation in MLA and APA formats, ready for you to copy and paste into your bibliography.
Additional content in Britannica Online includes an extensive World Atlas with maps, flags, articles, and statistics. You can also search over 4,000 great quotations in Quotes, as well as public domain works in The Gateway to the Classics.
Britannica Online provides a "Workspace" where you can save and organize articles and other content. You will be asked to choose a username and password. Write it down so you can go back to your workspace at a later time. You can share your workspace content with others if you choose to do so.
You can find this research tool by going to the library homepage and choosing Electronic Resources.
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ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER
Academic Search Premier from EBSCO is the most comprehensive and convenient to use research database in the Jenks Library. Indexing over 8,450 journals and containing full text articles from 4,600 of them, Academic Search Premier allows you to search across thousands of publications over many years. While most coverage begins in the 1990s, articles from over 100 important journals go back to 1975 and earlier.
Over 7,400 of the journals indexed are scholarly (peer-reviewed). However, the database also contains newspapers, magazines, and reports. Academic Search Premier covers art, biology, business/economics, chemistry, communication arts, education, history, linguistics, leisure studies, literature, math, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, religion & theology, sociology, theatre arts, and more.
It is important to note that all EBSCO search screens, including Academic Search Premier, are set to limit your initial search results to articles available at Gordon College – either online or in print. This means you have immediate access to the articles. If you want to search more broadly, just uncheck the limiters and you will also retrieve articles that are not here at Gordon, but can be requested through interlibrary loan.
Academic Search Premier is available from the Library home page. Go to “Electronic Resources” and look for it near the top of the list.
Reference librarians are on hand to help you get started using Academic Search Premier and to assist you in constructing searches. Stop by the Reference Desk for a quick walk through and introduction to this useful research tool.
LITERARY REFERENCE CENTER
Looking for literary criticism, plot summaries, or author biographies? Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive database with information on authors and their works.
Choose from two interfaces—Traditional EBSCOhost or Enhanced Literary Searching (a highly graphical display with helps for literary research).
Find this rich resource on the Library web site. From the home page, choose "Electronic Resources", then scroll down to Literary Reference Center.
LEXIS NEXIS ACADEMIC
When you need news, business, or legal information, LexisNexis Academic is a good choice. News coverage goes back to 1980 in major newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times.
The broad range of sources in LexisNexis includes the following news, company, and legal information.
In January 2010, LexisNexis released an improved search screen with a clearer navigation menu and a more flexible search form. You can view LexisNexis Tutorials on YouTube to learn more about using this resource. You will also find the same tutorials on the LexisNexis Academic search screen.
Try LexisNexis Academic for your next news, legal, or business related question or research paper. From the Jenks Library home page, choose Electronic Resources and scroll down to LexisNexis Academic.
Free Ebooks and More…
An ebook is also referred as etext, eContent, or a digital book. It is an electronic version of a printed text which can be read on a personal computer or hand-held device. There are a lot of ebooks available through the Jenks Library website Electronic Resources pages. Most government documents and books published before 1924 are in public domain and available online free. Besides books, free eContent may include journals, audio, sheet music, and moving images. There are also many titles in different foreign languages. Take a look at the following websites to find the ebooks that you need:
Google Books helps you search within and discover books. Google is working with several major libraries to scan their collections into Google Books. When you find a book that's still under copyright, you'll see only a small portion of the book. If a book is out of copyright or the publisher has given Google permission, you'll be able to see the entire text and may download a PDF copy. In advanced book search, you can limit your search to titles in which you can view the entire text.
More than 25,900 ebooks are available free from this site. For each title you select, you can choose from more than 20 different download formats. There are book reviews written by users. You can also find different recommendations, a new titles list, and the most popular ebooks of the year.
Project Gutenberg started in 1971 and it is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books. The project continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies. You can download over 30,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader, or other portable device. Their focus is on books previously published on paper and digitized with the help of thousands of volunteers.
The Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library. It offers permanent access for researchers, people with disabilities, and the general public to many historical collections that exist in digital format. The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in their collections. Their emphasis is on storage and preservation of digital materials.
Choose from over 4,000 online books, including 800 Christian titles purchased by us and many general interest books provided by a state fund. The NetLibrary collection is available to Gordon College users on or off campus, and to guests when in the library.
Are you looking for free sheet music? Try the IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library or the Choral Public Domain Library. For math and computer science books, try Free Computer Books. For classic and literature titles, take a look at Literature Network and ReadPrint. If you like to listen to books, don't forget we also have Audiobooks from OverDrive. Enjoy!
BUSINESS SOURCE PREMIER
Business Source Premier covers all business disciplines, including marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics. In addition to journal articles, this resource provides market research reports, industry reports, country reports, and company profiles.
Choose Business Source Premier if you are looking for articles from leading journals such as the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Accounting Review, and Journal of Finance. This database includes the full text of 1,100 peer reviewed journals, with some full text dating back to 1886.
Looking for company information? Go to the "Company Profiles" section of Business Source Premier to read unbiased analyses and in depth forecasts for 10,000 companies. Find company information such as business descriptions, history, key employees, products and services, locations, and SWOT analysis.
Do you need country information? Business Source Premier provides information such as country maps, land area, population, languages, political and economic analysis, exports/ imports, and more.
From the Library website Electronic Resources pages, you will find two choices for Business Source Premier, the "Traditional Interface", and the "Enhanced Business Searching Interface". The "Traditional Interface" offers a familiar search screen like other EBSCOhost research databases. The "Enhanced Searching Interface" includes features that make it easier to find specific types of sources—journals, books, company profiles, country reports, market research reports, SWOT Analyses, or working papers. Both interfaces access the same extensive database of information.
Try this library resource the next time your research assignment calls for reliable in depth business related journal articles and research reports.
OXFORD REFERENCE ONLINE
Find facts, figures, definitions, quotations, translations, and illustrations from over 175 Oxford reference titles. Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the most trusted reference publishers. You can cross-search all the resources, or browse and search by type, subject, or individual book.
The information in Oxford Reference Online is organized on two levels: first, by subject (e.g. Biological Sciences, Performing Arts or Mythology & Folklore) and second, by book (A Dictionary of Biology or A Dictionary of Asian Mythology). Within each book, the actual information itself is divided into separate entries, each of which has its own page, and deals with a particular entity or idea.
Oxford Reference Online is a great place to start a research project.
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