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This Libguide is designed to help you access credible sources to research your topic. The tabs across the top break down the research process giving you advice and access to relevant resources.
Use the databases listed under these pages to research your topic. Explore controversial topics using our Opposing Viewpoints database.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the guide, or research in general.
If you would like to schedule a research consultation, use the "Book Now" button under my name.
Our databases work much in the same way that Google does. You type your keywords in the search box and the database searches for items that contain your words.
These keywords are very important. Having good keywords can save you a lot of time and frustration. It is not a good idea to type your research question or paper title into the search box. Putting too many keywords in the box will hamper your success.
Think about your topic and pull out the main concepts. Use only these concepts to search for information.
For example, take the following research question.
Can excessive use of social media contribute to addictive behaviors (drugs, tobacco, alcohol) or mental health issues?
To find information on this topic you should begin with the search terms: social media and addictive behaviors, or social media and mental health.
Begin with a basic search and use your results to find other search terms to refine your search.
Access to many of the database links on this guide requires NSCC authentication - users must sign in with their NSCC My Northshore (formerly Pipeline) username & password
If you want to place any library materials on hold, request a book from another library, or check out any physical library materials out you will need to have your NSCC ID card.
Stop by the Student Life Office in Danvers (DB 132) or Lynn (LW 171) with a current class schedule and a picture ID to get an NSCC ID.
Once you've chosen your topic you will want to develop your argument carefully to be effective. Use the form below to organize your thoughts, points, and sources.
Click on the link and make a copy of the document to use it. In order to access the article, you should be logged in to your MyNorthShore account and email.