About Library Resources
Your Library Resource Center has many resources you will want to use in your LibGuide. See the boxes to the right to learn how to link to a library search or one of the many databases MPS has to offer.
Database Search Tools
Databases available through MPS:
Books cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. For research purposes, you will probably be looking for books that synthesize all the information on one topic.
A few books are now available electronically on the Internet (e-books) and are purchased by your library.
Databases contain articles taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines, websites, newcasts and other information formats. The databases offer you current, accurate, unbiased, reviewed information. Most databases give you citation information in MLA format and others. There are two important databases; article and subject.
An Article Database
Article databases (also called periodical databases) include the citations, abstracts or brief summaries, and full text of articles in magazines, journals and newspapers. An example of an article database that is available through the Library Resource website is EBSCO.
Subject Oriented Databases
Rather than build one massive, centralized database, most companies are building numerous subject-oriented databases. Examples of a few subject databases available through the Library Resource website are Facts on File, American History Online, or Science Online.
Encyclopedias contain factual articles on many subjects.
There are two types of encyclopedias -- general and subject. General encyclopedias provide overviews on a wide variety of topics. Subject encyclopedias contain entries focusing on one field of study.
Use an Encyclopedia
*Note: All databases are available through the Library Services web site.
Tips For Evaluating Resources
Accurate, current, and appropriate information are valuable commodities. Be a discriminate consumer of information! If you are not confident that the information you have retrieved is the best information for your purpose, ask a librarian for assistance.
When evaluating information ask yourself . . .
Who is the author?
What type of information is given about the author? Position, Organizational affliliation, contact information?
Is he/she an expert?
Who is the publisher? Are they reputable?
Does the information presented seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?
Does the author cite the sources of information used in the document? Are those sources verifiable?
Is this fact or opinion?
Is the information biased in any way?
What kind of sites does this one link to?
Who is the intended audience? Determine the aim of the author or organization publishing the site.
Is it an advertisement for a product or service?
Is it for political purposes? Is it trying to sway public opinion on a social issue?
Is the information up to date?
Is the information current enough for your research?
Has the information been updated? Are the resources used and information provided by the author current?
Is the information relevant to your research?
Would you quote information from this source?