Purpose: To acquaint you with print and electronic scholarly journals from Cornette Library that will make research for your annotated bibliography easier.
- Excellent place to start research.
- May provide either background information or in-depth, scholarly articles, focused on a specific subject or discipline. Often include bibliographies.
- Useful for narrowing your topic, or finding prominent authors in a subject area.
Subject Specific Sources
- American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia
- HQ1090.3 .A453 2003 (Reference)
- Single volume, articles include general topics such as "Father's Rights" or "Body Building" and brief biographies on prominent American men. Each article has a bibliography.
- American Immigrant Cultures
- E184 .A1 A63448 1997 (Reference)
- Two volume set, discusses individuals and contributions of various ethnic groups in the United States. Includes bibliographies and an index.
- Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics
- HQ1236.5 .U6 E53 1999 (Reference)
- Biographical sketches of important individuals, as well as feminist and gender issues. Includes bibliographies.
- Men & Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia
- HQ 1090.3 .M436 2004 (Reference)
- Two volume set similar to "American Masculinities", but with more historical and non-American coverage. Articles have bibliographies.
- St. James Press Gay & Lesbian Almanac
- HQ76.3 .U5 .S75 1998 (Reference)
- Provides chronology, key legislation, social issues, significant individuals, etc. for gays and lesbians in the U.S. Includes bibliographies.
- Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
- GN 333 .W67 1998
- 5 volume set discusses location, language, religion, folklore, holidays, rites of passage, family life, and many other cultural characteristics for hundreds of different cultural groups. Includes sub-cultures in the U.S. such as Chinese Americans
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Full-text online of more than 175 reference works. Browse a specific encyclopedia, or search by keywords. Some of the titles included are:
- Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
- Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
- Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture
- Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World
- Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America
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 1-2 weeks for articles to arrive.
- Academic Search Complete
- Contains abstracts and citations for a broad range of topics, with substantial full-text. Over 7,000 peer-reviewed sources.
- Substantial sociology collection. Most titles have full-text content from first published issues up to 3-5 years ago. The important publications American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Sociological Perspectives are current.
- Web of Science
- Cross-disciplinary, mostly scholarly sources, full-text linked via SFX.
- 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
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Aids to Determine if journal is scholarly
- Look for the above items, especially references and known, scholarly, authors.
- Academic Search Complete has journal level descriptors. Individual items may not be scholarly, such as editorials, letters to the editor, news updates, etc.
- Search journal title in Ulrich's Periodical Directory to see classifications.
- 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" page for electronic reference support.
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 2001-2002 Code of Student Life). Plagiarism is a serious offense that can result in a failing grade or worse!
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
- Dr. Kunz requires you to use Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition.
- A copy of the APA manual is 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.