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Welcome to our on-line resources where you will be able to gain access to hundreds of Thousands of books.  As a registered student you may request access to Questia free of charge. other libraries may charge different fees for access or services

 

How to Conduct Research Online:

A Guide to Conducting Research Online without ever stepping foot into a library, from eLearners.com.


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Recommended Databases for Individual Use
(some require a subscription, others have free content, pay-per-article sales.)

 

  • Questia
    http://www.questia.com/
    Questia's database contains, according to their website, “the world's largest online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and newspaper articles.” I've known quite a few students who swear by the Questia, and use it faithfully for their research. I believe that this is a very good option for undergraduates taking general education courses, who may not have easy access to a robust online library.

    NOTE: REGISTERED VISION STUDENTS MAY GAIN ACCESS TO QUESTIA FREE OF CHARGE. CONTACT STUDENT SERVICES TO OBTAIN A USERNAME AND PASSWORD.
  • Highbeam
    http://www.highbeam.com/
    Highbeam has some of the same journals and magazines as Questia, but there seems to be somewhat different coverage. There are more magazines and newspapers, and Highbeam seems to have fairly good coverage in education, health and science.
  • Find Articles
    http://www.findarticles.com/
    LookSmart's Find Articles is a great database, with quite a few free articles. The journals include business, humanities, social sciences, health, and science.
  • Pathfinder.com
    http://www.pathfinder.com/
    This is the portal for Time, Discover, Fortune, Sunset, Parenting, People, TeenPeople, and more. Unfortunately, one must pay for many of the archived articles, but it's a great source, particularly for current events and issues.

Library Databases
These are probably too numerous to list, but I'm going to list ones that are particularly helpful for students who are seeking peer-reviewed articles and statistics.

  • Proquest
    http://www.proquest.com/
    With databases of articles tailored to meet the needs of students and faculty at different levels and institutions, Proquest's resources are targeted and easy to use.
  • EBSCO Information Services
    http://www.ebsco.com/
    Most online libraries subscribe to at least one of the EBSCO databases. They have excellent coverage of interdisciplinary journals. While the full-text options may be a bit limited, the citations, with key words and publication data can help one obtain the article from other sources.
  • Ovid
    http://www.ovid.com/
    Ovid has absolutely a dizzying array of databases and information products. Their medical databases are expensive, but indispensable to many.
  • LexisNexis
    http://www.lexis-nexis.com/
    Best-known for its database on legal publications, LexisNexis has extensive holdings in newspapers. It is an excellent source for current information and syndicated content.
  • Wilson Web Databases
    http://www.hwwilson.com/
    The old green “Readers' Guides” are now available at one's fingertips, and with full-text versions. The Wilson databases include journals and publishers that are not always easy to find, particularly in business and agriculture.
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    • Education Full Text
    • General Science Full Text
    • Humanities Full Text
    • Readers' Guide Full Text
    • Social Sciences Full Text
    • Wilson Business Full Text
  • JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
    http://www.jstor.org/
    JSTOR has an amazing collection of humanities and interdisciplinary journals. Perhaps what is most exciting about this collection is that the older journals are being digitized and included, which means that there is much less reliance on interlibrary loan. An article about JSTOR appears here: Bowen, William G. "The Academic Library in a Digitized, Commercialized Age: Lessons from JSTOR." ALA Midwinter Participants' Meeting (based on Romanes Lecture, delivered at Oxford University, October 17, 2000). January 14, 2001. Online. Available: http://www.jstor.org/about/bowen.html.
  • Emerald Full-Text
    http://www.uwp.edu/departments/library/journals/databases/emerald.htm
    This tends to have a business and management orientation. The journals are excellent, and the interface is easy to use.
  • Project Muse
    http://muse.jhu.edu/
    Originating at Johns Hopkins university libraries, this is one of my favorite databases. The articles are full-text, and they cover very interesting journals in the humanities.

VISION INTERNATIONAL INDEX OF ONLINE LIBRARY MEDIA RESOURCES:

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Online Libraries:

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Academic Journal Resources

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Theological Periodicals

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Theological Studies Resources

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Biblical Studies Resources

Commentaries (Free)

·         Calvin's Commentaries

·         Darby's Synopsis

·         Geneva Study Bible

·         Gill's Exposition of the Bible

·         Jamieson, Fausset, Brown

·         Matthew Henry Concise

·         Matthew Henry Complete

·         People's New Testament

·         Robertson's Word Pictures

·         The Fourfold Gospel

·         Treasury of David

·         Wesley's Explanatory Notes

·         Burton Coffman Commentaries

Concordances (Free)

·         Nave's Topical Bible

·         Torrey's Topical Textbook

·         Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Dictionaries (Free)

·         Baker's Evangelical Dictionary

·         Easton's Bible Dictionary

·         Hitchcock's Bible Names

·         King James Dictionary

·         Smith's Bible Dictionary

Encyclopedias (Free)

·         Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia

·         Lexicons

·         Liddell-Scott-Jones Lexicon of Classical Greek

·         New Testament Greek

·         Old Testament Hebrew

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Traditional Reference

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Historical Resources

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Philosophical Resources

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Christian Living/Devotional

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Christian Counseling

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Christian Education

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How to Cite Electronic Documents

The following information is from http://www.masu.nodak.edu/divisions/hss/meartz/biblio.html


The citation of Internet sources is new, and not all style sheets have fully accommodated the growing need to cite these types of materials. Remember that the goal of this process is to give the creators of material credit for their work (at the same time identifying that the work does belong to someone else) and to allow the reader of your material to find the referenced materials. Internet-sourced items run into trouble on the last item. The identification their location can be difficult, and some addresses can be very long.

The style sheets that have identified methods to cite work on the Internet seem to follow their traditional systems, with the exception of the addition of wording to mark the item as from the Internet, and changes to the place and publisher notations.


American Psychological Association (APA)

The APA (1994, 218) suggests that World Wide Web citations follow this form:

  •  Periodical [On-line]. Available: specify path.

Last Name, First Initial. (year). Title of the article. Name of

 

A real example would be as follows:

  •  Available: http://www.vcsu.nodak.edu/masu/geogpol.html

Meartz, P. (1995). The rule of 90+. The Island Sun.[On-line].

 

Of additional note is that since E-mail and USENET newsgroups are not permanent forms, the APA suggests that you follow the personal communication format for them (1994, 174). They are not to be included in the reference list in APA style, thus if I were giving a reference for this concept and had received it in an E-mail letter, I would end my sentence with its citation (P. Meartz, personal communication, October 17, 1995), but no mention would be made in the reference list at the end of the document.


The MLA

The MLA (Gibaldi 1995, 151-167) suggests that World Wide Web citations follow this form:

  •  of the Database or Web Page. Online. Internet. Date accessed.

Last Name, First Name. "Title in Quotation Marks." Date. Title

Meartz, Paul. "The Rule of 90+." 1995. The Island Sun. Online. Internet. 17 Oct. 1995.

Do note that the MLA has numerous variations identified for Online and other sources. The nature of the Web Page--is it an electronic magazine, a personal page, etc--makes a difference. Consult the manual for full information.


Chicago and Other Simple Citations by Example

The following sample shows several types of citations and uses the Turabian/Chicago style format with a reference list at the end. [Do note that, as far as we are aware, Turabian/Chicago does not have a clear Internet form at this time, and the form shown is speculation based on their general format.] The items used include books, encyclopedias, magazines, and scholarly journals. Many other types are possible. [See the style manuals for those.]

Meartz (1987) found bankruptcies to be a serious threat to North Dakota's future. Meanwhile, in Venezuela, the exploration of the interior highlands continues without the mention of concern for the problems in North Dakota (George 1989, 526). But it is being said in certain places that, "timber was being carried away at high speed" (Orwell 1976, 95). Some places have found the issue silly (Encyclopedia Zots, 1992), while others have devoted pages to it (Carmarto 1991). The theft of lumber has even generated its own home page on the web (Luther 1995)

At the end of the document you would find the following:

List of References [or Bibliography, or Selected Bibliography]

  •  Available: http://www.netco.com/lumber/tree.html

Luther, David. 1995. Lumber page growing. New Pages Web Site.


Sample Bibliography

  •  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

American Psychological Association. 1994. Publication Manual.

  •  New York: Modern Language Association.

IL: University of Chicago.

Gibaldi, Joseph. 1995. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

Turabian, Kate. 1987. A Manual for Writers. 5th ed. Chicago,

 

 

 

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