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General Studies

Articles & Databases are your starting point for any research topic. 
TIP: For more specialized topics, select databases by subject area.

Two special databases to be aware of:
Look for the NAME of the journal or periodical to see if we have it online or in print.
Examples of titles:
  • ebony
  • newsweek
  • washington post
Find general reference books in print and online.
Research Paper Topics
The following resources cover newsworthy issues and provide background and opinion on controversial topics:
CQ Researcher: In-depth, unbiased reports and analysis of newsworthy issues and hot topics from both national and international viewpoints. (Library Database)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Explore issues from all perspectives. Includes pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, court-case overviews, periodical articles, statistical tables, and more. (Library Database)
CSA Discovery Guides: Basic guides to a variety of hot research topics.
National Academies Press: 1000s of research reports, free to read online. Registration required to download PDFs).
Rand Corporation Research Briefs: Policy-oriented research summaries
Other News
What's New at Plough Library: Blog featuring library resources and tips on how to use them (also available on Facebook).
Search the Library Catalog using words that might be in a book title (like psychology encyclopedia or chemistry dictionary).
Online Reference Collections
The Library also has online collections of reference works. Use one of these to look for your topic in hundreds of resources:
Credo Reference: Encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, images, and quotations.
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Reference ebooks on subjects including business, environment, history, medicine, multicultural studies, religion, and science.
Oxford Reference: 200+ language dictionaries and subject encyclopedias

Student Resources in Context (Gale): Authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, and more.
eBook examples:
Achieving Success Through Academic Assertiveness (2009), EBSCO eBook
90 Minute College Major Matcher (2007), EBSCO eBook
Panicked Student's Guide to Choosing a College Major (2010), EBSCO eBook
Skillful Time Management! (2007), EBSCO eBook
Test Taking Strategies and Study Skills for the Utterly Confused (2003), EBSCO eBook
The Thinking Student's Guide to College (2010), EBSCO eBook
Work Your Strengths (2010), EBSCO eBook
Academic Help at CBU
CBU Writing Center: Sign up for a personal appointment to review your writing.

CBU Math Center: Get one-on-one, in-person help with math.

CBU Language Center: Assistance for students of foreign languages.
Choosing a Major/Career
CBU Career Center: In addition to information about careers, the Career Center offers self-tests to help you evaluate your interests and choose majors to fit them.
Choosing a Major: From the University of Nevada, Reno.
Choosing Your Major: From Gustavus Augustus College.
College Majors 101: Find information about educational and career paths related to majors. Includes videos, and linked lists of student associations, possible employers, industry publications, and more.
College Majors and Careers Central: Information on 600+ majors from the College Board.
Exploring Majors and Careers: Tutorial from San Jose State University
Majors and Careers: Capital University.
Research by Subject - Careers: CBU library guide to career resources.
Undecided Major: University of Minnesota, Morris.
Majoring in Sci/Tech/Med Disciplines
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Computing, Healthcare
Practice Skills and Tests
LearningExpress: Online practice tests, with sections on job search, workplace skills, and math and writing reviews. Register for a personal account to use (and track progress on) tests and tutorial courses. Includes GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and Praxis II. For more, see the Library's page about Test Guides.
Virtual Math Lab: Collection of college algebra tutorials from West Texas A&M University.
Surviving College
Academic Life - from the College Board: Get help adjusting to college--everything from writing papers to choosing roommates. College survival guide.
How to Research a Topic: Plough Library's seven step outline of how to approach a research assignment.
How to Study: Tips and tools for effective studying with sections devoted to specific subjects.
Study Guides and Strategies: Guides and exercises covering study skills, time management, writing, vocabulary building, research, math, and more.
Study Skills Library: From CalPoly.

Writing & Citations
Can You Cut? Can You Paste? Plagiarism tutorial powerpoint from Plough Library.
Citing Sources: Examples of commonly used citations in APA, MLA, and Turabian, from Plough Library.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): Collection of help pages on writing, grammar, and citation.
Research and Documentation Online: By Diana Hacker. Examples of references and properly formatted papers in major citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago).
Our online resources are available both on-campus and off-campus. When logging in from off-campus, use your CBU email username and password.