Resources to help you define & refine your topic
  • Books (Specialized, scholarly resources) in Reference at Ursuline Library:

  • Finding ebooks in the Ursuline Library catalog

    • Use Advanced Search
    • Searching with two or three keywords. Truncation will help broaden your search to include variant forms of words.
      • histor* = history, histories, historical
      • cultur* = culture, culture, cultural
    • Tip: find additional relevant resources by clicking on subject terms
  • Online resources of interest (does it pass the CRAP test?)

  • Tracking down sources ("How do I get my hands on this book/article?"):

    • Journal Finder - Found a reference to an article from a journal, magazine, or newspaper? Use Journal Finder to see if Ursuline Library has full-text access online or in print. Type in the title of the journal (NOT the title, author, or subject of the article) to determine access/holdings.
    • Ursuline Library Catalog - Search for books and media. Our catalog is linked directly to the OhioLINK catalog, so you can use the OhioLINK button to search 90+ libraries in Ohio.

Citing Sources
  • Noodle Tools - choose NoodleTools Express on the left at the bottom of the page to access the free citation generator
  • APA Style Guide (OWL at Purdue) - Sciences, Social Sciences
  • MLA Style Guide (OWL at Purdue) - Humanities, The Arts

Understanding scholarly research these brief videos require Adobe Flash Player

Recommended databases for research topics in Social Studies

Research resources for high school students
  • Ohio Web Library Resources

    • all residents of the State of Ohio have access to these databases; some students may be able to connect to additional subscription databases through their schools and/or local public libraries