NSF Students: Orientation for Research Projects

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.

Reference Sources


Guides to Research

Subject Encyclopedias



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 organic chemistry.
  • the general LC subject heading organic compounds -- synthesis.
  • the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as Chemistry, Organic -- History -- 20th century..

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.

Materials from Other Libraries

Your research is not limited only to what you find in Cornette Library and its online databases. Consider using the resources listed below to expand your research.

Lists books and other materials in libraries around the world.
Interlibrary Loan
Extends your research possibilities beyond Cornette Library; allow at least 1 week to receive articles, 2-3 weeks to receive books; request ILL materials online.
Allows you to check out books from numerous college and university libraries in Texas.
LEIAN Passport
Allows you to check out books from various libraries in Texas and New Mexico.


Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

Provide current information

How to Access Databases

Which database?

Web of Science
Cross-disciplinary index of significant scientific literature. Full-text access is through the SFX linking software.
To use the EndNote software for reference storing and formatting, create an individual login.
ScienceDirect Journals
Full-text scholarly articles. Very strong in medical and life sciences, also chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Wiley Interscience
Several hundred full-text scholarly journals. Search interface is more difficult than others.
Power Search
Searches several databases simultaneous. Create an individual login to search a self-defined set of databases.
Subject Pathfinders -
Online database description list: indicates best bets for each topic, and access to full-text
Print indexes or abstracts
May prove useful for some topics. Shelved in the Indexes/Abstracts area of Reference. Ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.

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Government Documents

Cornette Library collects United States federal and Texas state documents on many topics.

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications


Web Sites

Web Guides

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.


Citing Your Sources

Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?

How Do I Cite My Sources


Your Comments

Thank you.