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AOP Summer Academy: Home

Library resources for students participating in the AOP Summer Academy at SUNY Oneonta

Contact Information


James M. Milne Library Website

Instructor: Jason Cash


Michelle Hendley 

Erin Larucci


Instructor: Laura Dohner


Sarah Rhodes 

Jean-Paul Orgeron 


Instructor: Martin Christiansen


Mary Lynn Bensen

Heather Stalter nee Beach

Understanding the Lingo


Conducting research can be difficult when you are unfamiliar with the terms being used to describe certain types of items. Refer to the files below. The Definitions handout and Scholarly vs Popular chart will be particularly useful to keep and use in future classes. 



It is important to include appropriate citation in your paper. The library has a guide that can help you accurately cite your resources. You can locate it on the library homepage by clicking the "Citing Sources" link, or you can click on the link below. 

APA Style

MLA Style

Boolean Operators


Boolean operators are words or symbols that are used in conjunction with words to refine searches. 

  1. AND - narrows 
    1. Ex: ADHD and boys (this narrows down our results to only include ADHD and boys) 
  2. NOT - excludes
    1. Ex: ADHD not boys (this narrows down our results to include things about ADHD excluding those that mention boys) 
  3. OR - expands
    1. Ex: boys or males or guy (this expands our our search to search for multiple possible terms)


When you begin a research project, it is a good idea to take a moment to reflect on your prior knowledge of the topic area. How much do you already know about this topic? In most cases, you will need to do a bit of research to get some general information on your topic. Encyclopedias are arranged alphabetically and contain a general overview of a term or subject matter. Opposing Viewpoints in Context can also help you find encyclopedic information on a variety of topics. 


To look for books in the Milne Library catalog, navigate to the library homepage and click on 'Advanced Search.' If you wish to only find online books, leave the search scope selected to 'Online Access' and change the 'Material Type' to 'Books'. Then enter your search terms. If you desire print volumes, change the search scope to 'Library Catalog', limit to 'Books', enter your search terms and click 'Search'. Once in the results list, click 'Held by Library' to limit to print volumes only.


Find scholarly articles by using a database that contains such materials (check off 'peer-reviewed' in the search); you can find one of the databases students use the most below. These can also be found from the 'Databases' link on the Library's homepage by title and subject.


For best results, use a database's Advanced Search option.


You can find news sources by searching Nexis Uni and If you are looking for videos on a topic, try Films on Demand.