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Library Research Guide for Mr. Cassidy’s Biology 01 Class


The following sources are available from the Library’s homepage.  (Or, from the Reynolds homepage, www.reynolds.edu, click on Academic Resources and then Library.)


1.  Library Catalog:

For finding books on your topic, use JSRCC Library Catalog - VCCSLinc


2.  Licensed Research Databases (Invisible Web):

For finding articles on your topic, use one or more of the following databases.  If you are searching from off campus, you will need to enter your user id and password to access the licensed databases.  For instructions, see Off-campus Access.

  • FACTs.com  Detailed reports on controversial topics.  Within the database, click on the “Issues and Controversies” tab and then enter your subject.  Excellent for balanced and in-depth coverage of issues, including background information, statistics, and recent developments.

  • Opposing Viewpoints   More than 400 titles from the Opposing Viewpoints print series, which covers social issues.  Do a search on your topic, and then choose from the tabs to see viewpoint essays, reference documents, statistics, newspaper and magazine articles, and links to selected websites

  • CQ Researcher  Comprehensive reporting and analysis on political and social issues in the news.  Each report includes a background and chronology, current assessments, and pro/con opinions.  (Access is limited to 5 simultaneous users.)

  • General OneFile  A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Many of the articles are full text.

  • Health and Wellness Resource Center  Magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases.


3.  Internet Sources (Visible Web):

An excellent search engine for surfing the web is www.Google.com.  Be sure to evaluate sites carefully!  For tips, see Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources.  Some selected sites are available in the Biology section of our Web Links.


4.  MLA Citations:

The Citing Sources link will lead you to three documents with examples of MLA citations for print sources, web sites, and articles from licensed databases.


Created 02/24/2005

Converted to wiki 1/20/2010


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