The Paper Chase
This exercise is
designed to acquaint you with some on-line library resources useful
for course work and especially for required research papers.
completion of the exercise should provide you with a rudimentary
knowledge of basic search strategy which can be transferred to all
libraries available to you in the future.
resources in any library are the people that staff it. Please feel
free to make frequent use of this most important and basic resource as
often as necessary in the course of conducting your research.
We hope that
you find this search interesting as well as informative.
Select one (1) topic from the list below and begin your search. Don't forget to type it into the box! The topics are intended to appeal to a variety of interests, so please give some thought to your selection.
Hazardous waste disposal
Right to die
Merced College students have access to a variety of online resources
via the Mc4Me campus portal. Magazines, newspapers and scholarly
journals, as well as encyclopedias, are provided once you login to
the portal. To help you login, there are some basic instruction
links on the portal login page.
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II. Catalog -- Books
Attempt to locate one or more book titles relevant to your subject,
using the automated catalog
within the MyMCCD Portal
(and can also be reached at
Web Cat). Remember to try related subject headings.
records having the titles which sound most useful to you, secure the
following information: (Remember to click on the
for complete bibliographic entry.)
Place, Publisher, & Date of publication:
Related subject headings in the catalog under which this same book is listed:
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EbscoHost provides 22 different databases with many full text sources for magazine and journal articles. It is available in the library, and through the library home page via the Internet. Using this source, locate articles relevant to your selected topic.
Select one of the citations and provide the following information:
Title of article:
Author of article:
Name of publication containing article:
Date of publication:
Page(s) of article:
Is the full text available online for this article?
(Type in Yes or No)
Does this library
subscribe to this publication in print?
(Type in Yes or No)
IV. Lexis-Nexis -
Newspapers, legal information, business data and more!
Lexis-Nexis provides extensive databases of full text information,
primarily from periodicals, emphasizing news, business, legal and
one section to use to locate information on your topic which will
provide information relevant to it. For example, if you are
researching AIDS (disease), use the Medical section.
one of the citations and provide the following information:
of publication containing article:
of publication: Vol.
No.: Page(s) of article:
Newsbank provides full text articles from newspapers around the United
States, including the New York Times back to 2000, the Merced
Sun-Star, Modesto Bee, Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee, and San Francisco
article relevant to your selected topic and provide the following
Date of newspaper
Number of words
Author of article
Headline for article
Desk/Section of newspaper
The Internet provides access to millions of information sources. Some of these are appropriate for use in scholarly research and some are not.
As you identify and look at resources available on the Internet use the same criteria for evaluating the information you see as you would if you were reading a newspaper or other periodical, realizing all information available on the 'Net' may not be factual, reasonable, current, or scholarly in nature.
Using two of the following Internet
resources, look for information relevant to your topic:
Librarian’s Index to the Internet:
List two (2) relevant Web addresses discovered in your search:
Type in your first and last name:
Type in your e-mail
Type in the name of the class you are taking (example: FCSC 10 - Nutrition):
Type in the e-mail address of your instructor:
Click here to e-mail the finished assignment to your instructor.
or print the Paper Chase by clicking on thebutton at the top of the screen.
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