How to do library research, collect background information, and get research help from the library.
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Understanding the basic facts and other background information about your topic makes it easier to search and identify what you want to research. The easiest place to find this information is through our reference sources. These sources include specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, pro and con arguments on current issues, images, quick biographies, and statistics.
If you are not sure where to search in the library for information on your topic or are unsure how to do college library research, the research guides created by the librarians at BobCat Library can help. These guides collect resources and tips for effective research at CLTCC. Some guides are for finding research in whole subject areas, while others teach general research skills.
The librarians are happy to provide research assistance for your projects and papers.
Librarians can help you:
We are available to help via email or phone. For more information contact the Librarian at 318.487.5443 ext. 1137.
How to access databases and get full text articles.
As part of LOUIS: the Louisiana Library Network, the Library is able to subscribe to many different databases that search the indexes of thousands of journals to help you find articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers.
GETTING THE ENTIRE ARTICLE IN A DATABASE (FULL TEXT)
Once you have found the description for a useful article in a database, you need to retrieve the article itself. The full article is called the "full text" in a library database.
CITING YOUR SOURCES
Citing your sources is important because it gives credit to the person who originally published the idea, and it allows the reader to check your evidence. Your instructor should tell you which citation style to use (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).
Use BobCat Library's Citation Styles LibGuide for recommended websites and style guides for citing your sources.
How to get books from BobCat Library and other locations delivered to you.