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FAMS 220: Human Relations and Sexuality (Seery): Home

Librarian: Jodi Oaks

Finding Research Help

Librarians are available to help you in several ways:

  • Visit the Research Help Desk in Milne Library located on your left after you enter the library through the main entrance or through Jazzman’s Café.
  • Call the Research Help Desk at Milne Library at 607-436-2722. If the librarian is busy, you can leave a message on voicemail.
  • Email a question to a Milne Librarian and get a response within 48 hours.
  • Request a research consultation to meet individually with a librarian. Request form is available on the library web site and at the Research Help Desk.

Finding Background Information

Encyclopedias, almanacs, and handbooks provide brief, reliable information about a topic.  They are excellent starting points for research when you need to find background information, important concepts, names and dates.  These sources often include lists of books and articles for further reading. Reference sources generally do not count toward the number of required sources because they provide background rather than substantial information.

Students can request free photocopy of pages in print reference sources at the Research Help Desk. Staff members will attempt to make copies at the time of the request, but students should generally expect to pick up photocopies one or two days after the request has been submitted. A scanner is also available in the reference area for copying information. Assistance is available at the Research Help Desk.

APA Dictionary of Psychology REF BF 31 A65 2015
Taking Sides, Clashing Views in Lifespan Development REF H 35 T32 2015 LD
Taking Sides, Clashing Views in Gender REF H 35 T32 2016 GEN
Taking Sides:  Clashing Views in Health and Society REF H 35 T32 2016 HS
Taking Sides, Clashing Views in Social Psychology REF H 35 T32 2016 SP
Encyclopedia of Sex REF HQ 9 E54 2000
Handbook of World Families REF HQ 515 H3356 2005
Sourcebook of Family Theory & Research REF HQ 728 S639 2005
Parenthood in America:  An Encyclopedia REF HQ 755.8 P3783 2000
Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood REF HQ 767.84 E53 2004
Encyclopedia of Adolescence REF HQ 796 E583 2011
Battleground:  Women, Gender, and Sexuality REF HQ 1115 B38 2008

Finding Articles in Databases

For academic research, it is often important to use peer reviewed (or refereed) journals rather than popular magazines. Peer-review is the process by which a journal article is evaluated by experts in the field.

All of the following databases are listed on the web site alphabetically by title under the tab Databases. Databases are categorized under Browse by Discipline

Subject Specific

Comprehensive Subject

Finding Copies of Articles

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, but the full text of the article is available in another database, there will be a link that connects to that database, in which the article can be found. If the article does not appear, follow the directions under “Finding an Article in a Particular Journal” on this guide.

Locating the article in print or microfilm, if not available in electronic form:

If the journal is available in print or microfilm, the Print Journals in Milne Library link will lead to information about the specific issues available in Milne Library. Click on Is it here? to see specific library holdings, and locate the journal in the library. Print journals are located on compact shelving, and microfilm is available in metal cabinets in the Microform Room, both of which are on the sub-basement (SB floor) of the library.

 Requesting an article on Interlibrary Loan:

If you find an article from a journal that is not available at Milne Library in any form, you can request the article through the link Request through Interlibrary Loan. You need to be registered to submit requests. You can also request articles through the Interlibrary Loan link on the library web site under the Student/Faculty Services tab. 

Finding an Article in a Particular Journal

  • Use the Journals tab at the top of the library home page.
  • Enter the title of the journal, for example, Science, in the search box and click on the magnifying glass icon.  The title of the journal, if available, will appear at the top of the results list.
  • If the journal is available in other databases, Full Text Access will link to databases that include the full text of the journal.  Check dates of coverage to determine if full text for the needed article is available. Click on the Database title and search for the needed volume and issue number of the journal OR enter the title of the article in the search box to obtain the full text.
  • If the journal is available in print or microfilm, the Print Journals in Milne Library link will lead to information about the specific issues available in Milne Library. Click on Is it here? to see specific library holdings, and locate the journal in the library. Print journals are located on compact shelving, and microfilm is available in metal cabinets in the Microform Room, both of which are on the sub-basement (SB floor) of the library.

Using Search Everything (EBSCO) Discover Service/EDS

The EBSCO Discovery Service points researchers to appropriate databases and is not a substitute for searching these databases.  EDS does not search the database but “scratches the surface” of selected library databases to produce a single list of results, including print books, electronic books, scholarly journal articles, magazine articles, research reports, documentary films, and much more. 

Click on the Advanced Search, and enter terms in the search box.  You can limit search results by unclicking boxes next to “apply related words” and “also search within the full text of the articles.”

Refining or Narrowing the Results:

The results from a search can be very large.  Use the limiters on the left side of the search results page to refine and narrow your results.  The most useful limiters are listed below:

Subject:

Click on Subject and then Show More to see a list of all subjects.  You can select multiple subjects.  Subjects at the top represent the largest number of results.  Subjects at the bottom will give the fewest results.  The list can be alphabetized by clicking on NameUpdate results.

     Location:

Use to limit results to print or electronic items owned by Milne Library, among other types of sources.  Click on desired format(s). Update results.

     Source:

Click on Sources and then on Show More for a selected list of databases in which results were found.  Select the most appropriate databases.  Update results.

Use Databases tab on the library web site to link to alphabetical list of individual databases. Click on database name(s) and enter words in the search box(es).  Searching the individual databases improves search results because more refined searching can be done with appropriate subject terms.  

 

 

 

Jodi Oaks (Jodi.Oaks@oneonta.edu)

Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta

Last revised September 2016