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PROF 120: College Learning Strategies  

Professor Kim Griswold; Librarian Kay Benjamin, Research Resources, Milne Library, SUNY College at Oneonta, Spring 2012
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Finding Books

Milne Library Catalog
Search the contents of Milne Library here at the SUNY Oneonta campus.

  • Use the Milne Library Catalog search box in the center of the library home page.
  • You can search by author, title, subject, and keyword (words anywhere).
  • In any list of results, the number of items owned by the library will be followed by the number of items in circulation. (1 owned / 0 out). The Is it here? link to the far right provides more detail about the status of the item.
  • Note the call number for the item and consult Library Floor Plans to determine the location of the item.
  • For more information about any item, click on the title in the results list.
  • To check a something out, take the item(s) to the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor across from the main front doors, and present your Oneonta ID.
  • WorldCat (OCLC FirstSearch Legacy Interface--requires signon from off-campus)
    Search well over a billion items, including books in Milne Library AND books from thousands of other libraries. On the library home page, use the WorldCat tab on the top center.
  • Google Books
    Google has digitized thousands of books which can be read in part or in total here. The advantage of using Google Books is that it searches the entire contents of the book, unlike MilneCat and WorldCat which only search the title, author, and subject headings.
    • To get a copy of the book, follow the link Find a Library which will connect you to WorldCat to see if Milne has the book.
    • If we do not have it, use the Request via Interlibrary Loan link in WorldCat to have our library b

Finding Periodical Articles

Periodicals are publications that come out on a regular, or periodic, basis. Examples include newspapers, magazines, and journals. Scholarly, or peer-reviewed, periodicals are appropriate for more serious research, while magazines, or popular, periodicals are intended for entertainment or information for general audiences.

See this Types of Periodicals guide to understand all the differences. These databases allow you to search for content that is not, for the most part, free on the web. The library pays for access to these databases. 

Use the Browse by Discipline list (under the Databases tab on the home page) to find the best databases for your topic.

Finding Periodical Articles - General Databases

All of the following databases are linked from the library home page under Databases.

  • Academic OneFile
    Provides over 54,000,000 articles, most full-text, from about 13,000 scholarly journals across most academic subject areas. Coverage is from 1980 to the present. Provided by the New York State Library.
  • Academic Search Complete
    Full text for about 8,500 periodicals including over 7,300 peer-reviewed journals across most areas of academic study as well as indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 magazines and journals. Coverage is from 1887 to the present. Provided by SUNYConnect. Youtube

  • Google Scholar
    Search for scholarly books and periodicals articles. This is NOT the same as searching Google. Includes results from library databases.
  • JSTOR archive
    Full text of about 1400 core scholarly journals across most subject areas. The objective of JSTOR is to provide all issues back to Volume 1, Issue 1. Although some current titles are included, the most recent 3-5 years are generally unavailable due to copyright restrictions. Provided by SUNY-Oneonta. Youtube
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Offers full-text current business and legal information as well as a large number of national and international newspapers. Coverage varies, but generally is from 1980 to the present. Provided by SUNY-Oneonta.
  • New York Times Archive, 1851-2010
    The New York Times archive provides full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. It is possible to limit by article type including: classified ad, display ad, editorial cartoon, letter, comic, editorial article, review, stock quote, weather, legal notice, and real estate transaction. Provided by SUNY-Oneonta.

Finding Periodical Articles - Examples of Subject Databases

All of the following databases are linked from the library home page under Databases.

  • Business Source Complete
    Provides full-text for scholarly business and management journals as well as financial data, case studies, industry reports, market reports, and company profiles. Journal coverage is from 1886 to the present. Provided by SUNY-Connect.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    Covers all aspects of communication and mass media. Offers indexing and abstracts for over 700 journals with full-text for about 450 journals. Coverage is from about 1905 to the present. Provided by SUNY-Oneonta.
  • Education Source
    Full-text for over 1700 journals, 550 books, and selected education-related conference papers. Covers elementary education, special education, literacy standards, multicultural/ethnic education, secondary education, and teaching methods. Encompasses all content from Education Research Complete. Provided by SUNYConnect.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Features full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press with titles dating from 1990. Contains about 2 million articles from more than 300 publications with both national and regional coverage. Provided by SUNY-Oneonta.
  • GenderWatch
    Offers authoritative historical and current perspectives on the evolution of gender roles as they affect both men and women. Coverage is from 1970 to the present. Provided by SUNY-Oneonta.
  • PsycINFO 1887-Current
    Literature in psychology and related disciplines from 1887 - present. Links to full text articles in other databases. Provided by SUNY Oneonta.APA Tutorial
  • SocINDEX
    SocINDEX, a sociology research database, contains over 2,000,000 records. Provides abstracts for about 1300 "core" journals dating back to 1895 as well as indexing for more than 450 "priority" coverage journals and about 2000 "selective" coverage journals. Provided by SUNY Oneonta.

Finding a Copy of a Periodical Article

Locating the full text of the article in electronic form:

If there is no full text with the citation for an article in a database, click on or Find It!. If a full text of the article is available in another database, there will be a link connecting you to that database, where you can locate the article in the appropriate volume, or search for the article by title or author.

If the article is unavailable electronically, but available in print or microfilm, click on Oneonta Local Collection for exact holdings. Periodicals are located on compact shelving or in microfilm drawers on the floor P.

Requesting an article on Interlibrary Loan:

If you find an article from a periodical that is not available at Milne Library in any form after you have linked to "Check Library Catalog", you can request the article through the link Request item on Interlibrary Loan on the record for the article needed (see computer screen that comes up after you click on Find It!). You need to be registered to submit ILL requests. See a librarian for help. You can also request articles through the Interlibrary Loan  link on the library website.


Finding an Article from a Citation

If you have the citation for a periodical article

  •        use the Journals tab on the top of the library home page
  •         type in the title of the journal or magazine
  •         look for that title in the list and follow the link to the database(s)
  •         follow the links to the correct issue of the periodical OR
  •         locate a "search" box to type in the title of the article
  •         If the library subscribes to the periodical in print or microform, this will be indicated as well. Follow the link(s) to see what years the library
            subscribes to.

Finding Reliable Web Sources

Search Engines: Search engines create their listings using automated software without evaluating the contents: Google and bing 

Subject Directories:  Humans select, sometimes evaluate, and organize (by subject) the listings in a directory. Use a directory to browse and to find the "best" sites on a general or popular topic:  ipl2 and Intute

Wikipedia: Don't use an article from Wikipedia in your bibliography. However, a wikipedia article can be a useful place to get background information and an overview on a topic. The references and links at the bottom of the article often list reliable resources you can use.

Searching tips:

  •          Limit a search to .edu and .gov sites for best quality

o    To do this add site:edu or site:gov to your search. EXAMPLE: college students volunteering site:edu

  •         Limit the search to the TITLE of the page to get more targeted results.

o    To do this add allintitle: in front of your search terms. EXAMPLE: allintitle: organic foods nutrition

Evaluation tips: Use the following checklist as a guide to help you determine the value and validity of all the sources you find as you do your research.

  Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test (California State University at Chico)


Citing Your Sources

Most databases include examples of how to cite an individual article. Once you are viewing an article or its bibliographic listing, look for a link that says "cite" or "how to cite." Keep in mind these examples are only guidelines, and often are not correct. You will still need to use a style manual or one of the guides below to "fix" the citations.

Milne Library Guide: APA Citation

Print a copy from this link, or ask for a copy at the Milne Library Reference Desk. Written by Milne Librarians. Summary of the APA guidelines.

Milne Library Guide: MLA Citation

Print a copy from this link, or ask for a copy at the Milne Library Reference Desk. Written by Milne Librarians. Summary of the MLA guidelines.

Son of Citation Machine

Create citations automatically, online. The citations created are not perfect! You still need to check the citations against a handbook.


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