If you are stuck trying to decide on a topic for your paper, there are a few ways to generate ideas.
Starting out looking up information on the broader aspects of your topic is a good idea. It is important to understand the larger picture before you start looking at one particular part. To get a broad view, you can check out Reference materials. There are many print and online materials available in the library for your use. Below you will find a list that provides some examples, but it is not exhaustive.
One way to locate print resources is through the Milne Library Catalog. To access the library catalog, click on the “library catalog” tab on the library’s homepage. You will then use the Call Number to locate the item in the library. If you need help finding the item, please do not hesitate to ask.
The second way is through Worldcat. To access Worldcat, click on the Worldcat tab on the library homepage. Once you have entered your search terms, you can limit your results using the tools located on the left hand side of your results list. If you would like a book that Milne library doesn’t own, you will request it through ILLiad.
***You can also check out items at Hartwick College with your SUNY Oneonta ID card.**
Below you will find an example of books that might be helpful for your assignment.
The library has a search feature called "Search Everything". This is the default search on the library's homepage. Using this tool can be difficult and overwhelming because it searches nearly everything the library has access to, including items in the physical collection as well as resources in our databases.
To effectively search with this feature, use the limiters on the left hand side to narrow down your search results. You can also use the advanced search feature.
If the library does not have access to a particular article, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.
Librarians are available to help in several ways:
You may also e-mail me directly at Sarah.Karas@oneonta.edu
Boolean operators are words or symbols that are used in conjunction with words to refine searches.
Here are six helpful ones to use:
When you are looking for scholarly articles to use for your paper, consider looking outside typical literature themed databases. If you are looking at LGBTQ issues, then check out some of the LGBTQ databases. Look at the larger subject in your research and start there. Below you will find a list of databases that might be helpful in your rsearch.