Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.
- Excellent place to start research.
- Provide background information.
- Include basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides.
- American Jurisprudence 2
- KF 75 .A47 1962 Ref.
- The subtitle of this set describes it well. "A Modern Comprehensive Text Statement of American law, State and Federal. Our print subscription to this title ended in 2003. We do have access to current information through Westlaw Campus
- Texas Jurisprudence 3d.
- KFT 1280 .T490 1979 Ref.
- An encyclopedia of more than 400 items describing Texas legal doctrine, including legislative acts as well as points of law determined in both Texas and federal courts. Updated quarterly with pocket parts and with supplements as needed.
- United States Code Annotated
- KF 62 1927 .W45 Ref.
- The text of "all laws of a general and permanent nature enacted by Congress." Also referred to as U.S.C. or U.S.C.A. We also have access to this through Westlaw Campus. Most easily used in the print format. Our print subscription is updated semi-annually through pocket parts and/or supplemental volumes.
- Vernon's Texas Code Annotated
- KFT 1230.5 .V4 Ref.
- Some parts of this are entitled Vernon's Annotated Statutes and Codes. Our print subscription updated by pocket parts and supplemental volumes as necessary. We also have access to this through Westlaw Campus. Most easily used in the print format.
- U.S. Code Annotated Popular Name Table
- KF 62 1927 .W45 Popular Name Table 2010 Ref.
- One of the annual indexes. A similar kind of index may be found online Popular Name Tool made available by The United States Code Office of Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Cornette Library's online catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as healthcare.
- the general LC subject heading integrated delivery of health care.
- the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as integrated delivery of health care - United States.
To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.
- Online catalog for libraries around the world.
- Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
- Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
- Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least two weeks for the books to arrive.
Provide current information
- Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals.
- Microform (film or fiche) available for dozens of leading newspapers, as well as other periodicals.
- Databases index articles found in journals and magazines.
- Citation only;
- Citation and a short summary of the article (abstract);
- Full text;
- General, covering many kinds of topics, and specialized, for specific disciplines.
- For this assignment be sure to use scholarly sources, not general interest magazines. The differences are important, for citation and for evaluating reliability.
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC.
- Off-campus: Login with your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
- Database citations not in full-text may be located in Cornette Library's online catalog, or the list of online journals.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles inaccessible through Cornette library. Allow up to 3 weeks for articles to arrive.
- Medline (EBSCO)
- Research in all areas of clinical and experimental medicine as well as health services administration. Links to full-text of many articles.
- For research in the behavioral sciences. Links to full-text of many articles.
- CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
- For research in nursing and allied health fields. Links to full-text of many articles.
- LexisNexis Academic
- One portion of this database allows searching of legal materials including federal and state cases, federal and state statutes, and law reviews.
- Westlaw Campus
- Allows searching of legal materials including federal and state cases, federal and state statutes, and law reviews, as well as several of the larger legal encyclopedias and Vernon's Texas Codes and Statutes.
- Displays in most of our databases. Links from a citation to one or more of the following:
- One or more links to full-text of the cited article,
- A link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item,
- A link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article, or
- A link to various help options.
- For more information see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
- Use the "Ask A Librarian" form for electronic reference support.
Cornette Library collects United States federal and Texas state documents on many topics.
- Most U.S. documents published since 1994 are listed in the Cornette Library's online catalog.
- For older documents, you will need to use the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications.
- We also have British Parliamentary Papers from 1731-1978/79 in microform.
Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications
- Indexes all United States government documents made available through the Government Printing Office.
- Includes Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.).
- Dates available include:
- Documents/Reference (1913-present).
- Online via FirstSearch. (1976-present)
- The World Wide Web is an excellent source of information.
- Not everything found on the Web is accurate.
- You must evaluate information on the Web.
Links to Specific Federal Laws
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590)
- Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act (HR 4872)
- Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
- Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006
Links to Items in the U.S. Code
Links to Information for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Physician Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol - Overview
- CMS Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol
Websites to Locate Legislation
Websites of Interest
- Texas Health Services Authority
- Texas Department of Insurance
- American Medical Association
- American Hospital Association
- Searchable lists of annotated web sites, discussion lists, and electronic journals that have met specific selection criteria.
- Scout Report Archives
- Scholarly. Keyword or advanced search. Results listed by relevance.
- INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
- Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
- ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
- General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code)
a serious offense that can result in failure or expulsion.
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
- Dr. Rider requires you to use either the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th edition) or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition)
- Copies of these manuals are located at the Reference Desk.
- Additional assistance is available from our Citation Basics web page.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- Please email Linda Chenoweth.