Top 5 Websites for College Research (Tim’s “High 5”)

Top 5 Websites for College Research (Tim’s “High 5”)

August 15, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


hi this is Tim I’m one of the librarians
here at Kishwaukee and I’m going to show you what I like to call the “high five.”
What I mean is these five tabs I have open in my web browser. Most of your
instructors are going to ask you to find books, articles and websites. If you have
these five sites open and you know how to use them you’ll be off to a great
start on a research project. So let me introduce you to the high five.
The first one really needs no introduction: Google. Enough said. The others may not be so obvious though. Tab number two is Wikipedia. I know it has a bad
reputation but everybody’s favorite online encyclopedia is actually a
valuable research tool if you know how to use it appropriately. Specifically
Wikipedia is great for helping you get started on a research project which is
often the hardest part. Curious? watch the Kish librarians’ YouTube video
on using Wikipedia the right way; that’ll show you how it’s done. Tab number three is a library catalog this is where you go to look for books. Be to watch the YouTube video on how to use the library catalog to find
books in the library. Oh and if you don’t find the books you need at Kish you can
use the I-Share system to borrow them from other college libraries across
Illinois for free! You can search I-Share from right inside the library catalog
screen; it’s really cool! Okay we know how to get started exploring a topic and how
to find books. Now we need to find articles. That’s where the last two tabs
come in. Tab number four is EBSCOhost If you’re a Kishwaukee college student EBSCOhost is your friend. If you have to find scholarly or peer-reviewed articles
this is where you want to go first. Most of the articles in EBSCOhost are not
available for free on the web but the Kish library pays a subscription fee
each year so as a student you get full access. That’s why EBSCOhost is so valuable to you you’ll find scholarly articles as
well as articles from magazines newspapers and other sources, most of
which were originally published in print format. I can’t say it enough:
make friends with EBSCO host. The library has a YouTube video that shows you how.
And finally tab number 5: Google Scholar this one goes hand-in-hand with
EBSCOhost. Google Scholar is a Google search tool but instead of searching for
webpages it finds scholarly articles that are linked on web pages. The reason I include it is this: EBSCO host should be your first stop when looking for
scholarly articles. However not all the articles in EBSCOhost are full text; that
means that you may just see the article’s title and a summary but where the heck
is the actual article? Not there. But here’s a cool trick: when EBSCOhost doesn’t have the full text of the article try copying the article’s title
and pasting it into Google Scholar. This doesn’t always work but many times I’ve
found a PDF in Google Scholar when it wasn’t in EBSCOhost. So when I’m looking
for scholarly articles I always have both EBSCO host and Google Scholar
open in my browser. Okay that’s the high five! Of course there are many many other
helpful sites but I think of these as kind of the essentials for getting
started on a college research project. If you need any help with any of this the
librarians are here for you just stop by or give us a call