[calendar]  [home] [handouts]


How to find articles using the library databases:

Go here:  http://lib.siu.edu/ This is the Morris Library Home page.

Click on "Articles and Databases" (in the red bars in the middle of the page).

Click on the "EBSCOhost Databases" (do not just type your words in the box - you can do that, but you won't get focused enough information).

You will arrive on a login screen.  Use your Dawgtag here: siu85XXXXXX

Click on "Academic Search Premier"

Do a SUBJECT search first to focus your search term (remember the "homeless / homeless people / homeless persons" example Mark Watson gave in the library session).  You need to know your specific search term.  For Unit 4 it will have something to do with  Equality Awareness and the Workplace.  Don't just search that term though - I did and NOTHING came up.  You need to find articles that will relate to 3 you read in the Mercury Reader.  You can "cheat" by looking up some of the articles the other authors mention (i.e. Kasser has a bibliography at the end of his, and other authors mention lots of articles in thier readings.  You could search the articles the authors mention and use them as well...). 

You can use the "cite" button on the left bar (after clicking on an article) to get all of the bibliographic information you need for the works cited page - it may not be in the correct order and format; however you will have all of the information you need to do your citations.

Do not be afraid to use the golden "Ask a librarian" button or the burgundy text / chat box that appears on the left of your screen.


You can also go back to the main page:  http://lib.siu.edu/

Click on the "Reference Materials" (in the red bars in the middle of the page)

Click on "Credo Reference" to get to that version of wikipedia that is academically credible.

If you find information in one of the sites on this database do not cite it as being from "Credo Reference;" cite it from the specific encyclopedia or source.  Ask me if you have questions on how to cite.

You can also click on "Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center" (under references to the left of the bar); this will give you opposing points of view on controversial issues (written, again, by credible authors).


Learning to use databases to conduct research is what sets you apart from folks who don't go to college.  Rather than getting potentially misinformed by wikipedia and google, you are getting credible, accurate information that has been vetted by a variety of processes.  IT TAKES TIME AND PRACTICE TO LEARN HOW TO RESEARCH. 

Use the 'help' section at the bottom of the library's main page: http://lib.siu.edu/.  There's a 'help with research' link down there that can give you more information than I have given you here as well as help on all sorts of library related issues:  http://www.lib.siu.edu/how-do-i..

Read, practice, and good luck!