Find It Button
Citing Your Work
your friendly reference/instructional librarian, and I'm here to
You can email me at
Trust me, you WANT to be
friends with a librarian. Not only are we extraordinarily cool,
but we're here to help you with your research, and we actually
enjoy doing it, as crazy as that sounds! Visit my website for
more information about me:
When I'm not teaching classes or rushing off to meetings, you
can find me in my office in Blackwell Library 129 or at the
research services desk. My hours on the desk are Mondays
10am-12pm, Tuesdays 6pm-10pm, Wednesdays 12pm-2pm, Thursdays
10am-12pm, and Fridays 8am-10am. Stop by and say hi!
can also get help 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the
Maryland AskUsNow chat reference service:
Reference sources are a good place to start your research.
is a reference source? A reference source is something you
consult for a specific piece of information, not something you
read from cover to cover. Reference sources include
encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, thesauri, atlases,
almanacs, directories, etc. Blackwell Library's reference
collection is located on the main floor. Consult the
Congress Classification outline to see the call number area
for your topic.
are some suggestions:
- World Almanac REF AY67.N5 W7
- Encyclopedia of Religion REF BL31 .E46
- Current Biography REF CT100.C8
(published annually since 1940)
- Native America in the 20th Century REF
E76.2 .N36 1994
- Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in
the US REF E184.S75 O97 2005
- African American Encyclopedia REF
E185 .A253 2001
- Dictionary of American History REF
- Statistical Record of Black America REF
- Countries and Their Cultures REF
GN307 .C68 2001
- Statistical Abstract of the US REF
- American Salaries and Wages Survey REF
- Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transsexual History in America
REF HQ76.3 .U5 E53
- Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice REF
- Criminal Justice Statistics Sourcebook
- West Encyclopedia of American law REF
can't I just use Wikipedia?
Well, anybody and their
brother can get on Wikipedia and write whatever they want, for
starters! Plus, there are tons of more reliable, authoritative
sources out there for you to use. And, I just can't resist
sharing my favorite Colbert Report clip about the downfalls of
Wikipedia. View it here (and please ignore the brief commercial
at the beginning!):
Find books in Blackwell Library using our
online library catalog.
Books in our library are arranged using
Library of Congress Classification.
The books you can check out are located on the second floor of
the library. If you ever have trouble finding a book you want,
PLEASE ask for help at the Research Desk!
You can also borrow books from any of the USMAI affiliations by
selecting the "choose campus" link at the top of the catalog
page and then selecting "USMAI All Campuses." When you find a
book you want that is not in Blackwell, click the "request"
button and use your ID number to login. You can have the book
delivered to Blackwell within 3 or 4 days.
Ask yourself if you need
scholarly sources or popular sources for your assignment.
Many times, your professor will insist on scholarly sources.
What does that mean? Find out using this handy-dandy
chart from Duke Libraries.
Here are some databases
that may be useful for your presentations:
Magazines and Journals
Academic Search Complete - a
multidisciplinary database containing both scholarly and
popular sources, many of which have full-text available.
ASP is a good place to start your research. Use the
FindIt button to locate articles that are not available
JSTOR Arts &
Sciences - a huge, wonderful database
of scholarly communication from a wide variety of
disciplines. All of these
sources are full-text, but the newest documents are 3-5
articles from general and popular magazines.
(Columbia International Affairs Online) -
full text theory, research, and case
studies on international affairs.
on health and human rights.
CQ Weekly -
Congressional Quarterly Weekly - your opportunity to find
out what's going on in Congress!
ERIC - "Education Resources
Information Center," a database with full text education
articles and ERIC documents as well as Find It links to
non-full text resources.
Business Source Premier
company, industry, business information with the familiar
Regional Business News
Source Premier but focused on regional companies instead of
national and international
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Social Sciences Abstracts
- articles and citations
for interdisciplinary fields such as addiction
studies, anthropology, corrections, economics, gender
studies, gerontology, minority studies, political sciences,
psychology, sociology, and more
WHAT DOES THAT CUTE LITTLE FIND IT BUTTON DO, ANYWAY?
It's a bit like magic,
really. The Find It button does three things:
Looks in all of our
databases to see if the document you want is available
full-text in another of our databases. If so, it links you
Links you to the library
catalog when we have the item you want in print or
Links you to ILLiad
(interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another
library if we don't have access electronically or in print.
The Find It button is YOUR
You can also use the Citation
Linker, another fabulously cool tool. It is useful when you
are reading an article and it cites another article that looks
like it would be super useful for your research. You plug in
the citation information for that article and can find out how
to access it, whether it be electronically, physically in the
library, or through Interlibrary Loan. It works the same way as
Find It, but you don't have to be in a database.
Learn more about the
Always make sure that internet resources are
appropriate for your project.
Look at the criteria listed
on this website:
If you have questions about the appropriateness of a website,
please check with your professor or a librarian. Here are
some that I suggest for your projects in this course:
Of course you want to make
sure you give proper credit to any source that you use to write
your papers, whether you directly quote or paraphrase. This
guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to
Here is a guide that should help you cite
This page was created on 2/15/2008.
Krista Knapp with questions or comments.