Start with General Tutorials
If you are a new student and don't know where to begin finding resources, view this tutorial on how to log into the portal to find books and articles.
Look for Books on Your Topic
Not sure about how to look for a book in the catalog. View this flash tutorial.
Online Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Use this link to look up definitions, concepts, and encyclopedia-type entries.
Grammar and Mechanics Exercises
Starting Your Research
If you do not know how to get to the library databases, go to the box, Start with General Tutorials (box on the top left), to access a tutorial and library handout.
If you need help choosing a topic, there are two resources you can use. Under Finding Articles, select the Opposing Views in Context database. To learn to search the database, go to the Tutorials tab and find the one for this database. Another database to use is the Research Companion database (it has a separate box below, called Help with Research ); it provides short videos on how to do research, evaluate information, and avoid plagiarism.
An excellent database to start your research is the user-friendly ProQuest ABI/Inform Complete database.It is a favorite of students. For current events, you can't beat the FACTIVA database. Other databases to try are EBSCO Business Source Elite and LexisNexis Academic. General Reference Center Gold is a general interest database that can be used to find articles covering current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, etc.
For tutorials, other than the ones under the Database Tutorials tab (located at the top of the page), select the first link under Finding Articles or go to http://researchguides.walshcollege.edu/comtutor
Any time you have questions, the librarians love to help you; call 248.823.1228.
These databases will help you locate magazine, journal, and newspaper articles to complete your research assignments.
If you don't know how to get to the library databases, view the tutorial, Logging into the Library Portal, under Start with General Tutorials, located on the left hand side of the page.
Help with Research
Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
if you want to read both sides of a business or social issue, first go to the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database.
For additional information from the web, try the Internet web site, ProCon.org database.
How do I get the full text for an article when only the abstract is given?
The E-Journals database will help you. More.
Can I email articles to myself to avoid printing charges?
Yes, many of the databases have the email feature allowing you to email articles.
Can I use the cite feature on databases to generate APA citations?
Yes, but be aware that the cite feature generated in the database may not be accurate. EBSCO Business Source Elite is usually the most accurate. For accuracy in citing articles, check the rules for citing in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010) or the library handouts.
What do I do if I cannot find good information on my topic?
Call 248.823.1228 (Troy) or 248.679.1410 (Novi) and ask to speak to a reference librarian or email email@example.com with your questions. You can also visit the library for a one-on-one discussion with the reference librarian on duty.
Troy Campus Library: 40 Research Computers
Library Contact Information
Troy Campus Library
Phone: (248) 823-1228
Fax: (248) 689-9066
Reference Service Available
Mon. - Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
Sunday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays in the summer
Fall, Winter, Spring Troy Library Hours of Operation
Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Fri. . 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon- 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday in the summer.
Novi Campus Library
Phone: (248) 679-1410
Fax: (248) 823-1044
Reference Service Available
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fri, & Sun: Closed
Closed Saturdays in the summer.
What's the circulation desk for?
At the circ desk you can do the following:
- Get a library card
- Check out books
- Renew books
- Return books
- Obtain materials instructors have placed on reserve.
- Request help with research and database searching from a librarian
- Request help with logging onto the computers
- Ask for help with library printing and computer problems