We have access to over 100 databases covering information from books, videos, journals, magazines, and more. Our website is your portal to a wealth of quality information sources. All you and your students need to access these resources is their MyNorthShore login credentials.
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 topic.
Excessive use of social media and addictive behaviors (drugs, tobacco, alcohol) or mental health issues?
To find information on this topic you should begin with the search terms :
Begin with a basic search and use your results to find other search terms to refine your search.
Once you have found a resource the easiest way to curate it is to use the email function in the database. Most databases will provide an option to email the resource, citation, or link. This way you can collect your sources as you find them, and be able to get back to them easily through your email.
Some databases allow you to set up your own account where you can store and organize content in folders, playlists, or bookshelves.
Exporting citations into RefWorks is another alternative for collecting your resources. Most of the Library's databases work seamlessly with RefWorks where you can create lists of related content with complete bibliographic information. RefWorks allows you to create your own account and save citations in projects (or folders) of your choosing.
It is often difficult to find a source a second time, so save yourself time and frustration by curating your sources as you find them.
When researching topics for a paper or project, it's important to keep track of the sources you use. The easiest way to do this is to email a source to yourself in the database. This way whenever you come across a source you think you might want to use, you email it and have a record of the source and a way to get the citation when you need it. Most of our databases have an option to email when you're looking at an article, book, or video.