Start your research on a topic with general interest electronic resources. They are multidisciplinary collections of sources, good for getting background information on a subject, for selecting or narrowing down a topic.
The sources below will help you find credible material on your topic from:
- Encyclopedias and other reference books
- Periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers)
- Other media
Academic Search Premier - A good place to start research, select a topic, or narrow one down. Includes scholarly articles in nearly every area of academic study.
Academic OneFile - Another good starting point. You can choose from a variety of peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals and reference sources.
CQ Researcher - An in-depth analysis of contemporary, controversial topics of the day. Each issue is written by a veteran journalist, and includes pro and con arguments by experts, a chronology, and annotated bibliography. Very good source for selecting a topic, for formulating a question related to the topic, and for finding pro and con arguments on the subject.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Good source of full text material for an argumentative paper.
Gale Student Resources in Context - A useful resource for contextual information on a broad range of topics, people, places, and events. Search for full-text articles from magazines and academic journals, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
General OneFile - A comprehensive collection of full text journal and magazine articles, and other media. Can be used to select a topic. Easy-to-use interface. Take advantage of the ReadSpeaker technology to listen to audio versions of articles, or download the MP3 file for listening later.
LexisNexis Academic - Search it for full-text articles on a wide range of news from regional, state, national, and international publications. Can be also used for finding business, legal, medical, and reference information. Use the Reference section for biographical information, country profiles, polls and surveys, quotations, state profiles, and World Almanac.
Newspaper Source - Selected full text coverage for newspapers, newswires and other sources. Can be used for finding articles from the leading national, regional , and selected foreign newspapers.
Credo Reference - A giant online reference collection that includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations. Use this source for finding background information on your topic, for clarifying word definitions, for quick facts and statistics.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Another recommended source for finding background information, term definitions, quick facts, etc. Search for word definitions in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus.
Oregon Tech Library Catalog - Use it to find books, periodical titles, video and audio materials, government documents, and Oregon Tech students’ Senior Projects. All materials listed in the catalog are owned by the Oregon Tech library.
Summit Catalog - Search for materials in the union catalog of 36 academic libraries of Oregon and Washington. Order online, and receive your item in 4-5 days. To order, select the Oregon Tech library from the list, and enter your last name and your Oregon Tech ID number.
WorldCat (OCLC) - Use this combined catalog to find books, maps, newspapers, audio and video materials, websites, and more at libraries in North America and around the world. As Oregon Tech students, staff, and faculty, you can make online requests for loans of books from other libraries and have them delivered to the Oregon Tech Library. Delivery is usually by mail, and can take 1-3 weeks.
OAIster - A union catalog of more than 19 million digital resources from over 1,000 organizations developed by the University of Michigan. Use it to find items such as:
- Digitized (i.e. scanned) books and articles
- Born-digital texts
- Audio files (e.g. wav, mp3)
- Images (e.g. tiff, gif)
- Movies (e.g. mp4, quicktime)
Google Scholar - Useful for finding citations of scholarly articles from a broad scope of research. There is some full text readily available. Click on the "Full-Text @ Oregon Tech" link on the right to get to the article through the Oregon Tech Library, or explore the “Check if Oregon Tech Library owns” link below the record.
Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory - A good source of bibliographic and publisher information on periodicals of all types. Use it to determine the peer-reviewed status of your resource.
World Almanac - A good source for finding biographies, facts, and statistics.