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Library Resources for Faculty: Introduction

An overview of library resources pertinent to Norfolk State University faculty.



Your research librarian has put together  several guidefor your assignment needs. These guides will be helpful when finding information for your presentation.

We have already reviewed your topics and you can find valid, accurate, and credible sources for a variety of topics in the resources we've listed on this guide.

Remember that your research and presentations will be viewed by instructors and peers who are expecting to see academic resources, and not just information you found using Google which are questionable and often times may lack credibility or factual correctness.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

Use this resource to find general information.

4) Find Images

If you need to have images for your presentation, there are very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

Are they Clueless?

You have assigned a research paper ... how to get your students started.

This video can help them understand the Research Process.

Check out these resources for background information and topic overviews:

What Kind of Information Do You Need?

Putting your topic in the form of a question will help you focus on what type of information you want to collect:  who, what, where, why and how.

Before you start searching, try focusing your topic by writing a one sentence research question. You may also narrow your search by use  limiters.  You may limit:

by geographic area:

Example: What environmental issues are most important in the Southwestern United States?

by culture:

Example: How does the environment fit into the Navajo world view?

by time frame:

Example: What are the most prominent environmental issues of the last 10 years?

by discipline:

Example: How does environmental awareness effect business practices today?

by population group:

Example: What are the effects of air pollution on senior citizens?


Where to Start...

For background information, start in Google but don't stay there.undefined

The library's database and one stop research tool, Credo Reference Online offers access to digital editions of 250 reference titles and links to the library's online catalog and other useful databases. Credo is our academic Google!  

       Try the Mirror Effect




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Get Research Delivered


Get Research Delivered

Do you want a Research Assistant to find articles and book reviews for you?  Your wish is granted!!!

The majority of our electronic databases that the library subscribes to offer personalized features that can save searches, run searches for you and send the results to an email address or RSS feed reader daily, weekly or monthly.  You may also give a persistent link to that search.

Steps (using Academic Search Complete database)

  1. Create an account (free of charge) (click on sign in)

  2. Sign in and start searching

  3. When you retrieve the desired results, click Share (under share, you will have options: alerts, save or share)