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ESL Level 6 - Fall 2020 - Molly Popchock: Library Research

This guide will help students in Molly Popchock's ESL class find relevant library resources

Welcome!

Researching Global Health,
Life Expectancy 
and Related Topics

 

 Doctor inspects a child
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Contacting Tim

Not finding what you need?

Feeling frustrated?

Having trouble using the library databases?


Then it’s probably time to a
sk a librarian for some help.

Tim Aman, SCC Librarian
tim.aman@scc.spokane.edu

If you need immediate help, contact a librarian any time using our online chat service.

24/7 live chatchat 

(Evenings and weekends you may be chatting with a librarian from another college. Ask for an SCC librarian to contact you for follow-up if needed.)

MLA brochure from SCC Library

SCC Library's M.L.A.8 Format Quick Guide

Recommended Sources and Searching Tips

The purpose of this research guide is to help students in Molly Popchock's ESL class find credible and academic information sources.  This guide will suggest useful sources, search techniques and evaluation methods for researching your topic.

SEARCH TIP:

When searching for information think about the search words you will use, such as: 

  • global health / world health / public health / health care
  • pandemics / communicable diseases / immunization
  • pollution / environment / sanitation
  • poverty / poor
  • political stability / governance
  • nutrition / diet

 

LIBRARY RESEARCH DATABASES

Scholarly Encyclopedias - concise, general background information; articles often written by experts who are university professors

Periodicals - magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals

Articles in periodicals often focus on a narrow aspect of a topic.  Here's an example of a search in ProQuest:

Books

  • eBook Collection - 150,000 ebooks selected for college and university researchers
    Note: Don't worry about reading a whole book. Just look for small bits of information that you can use for your research.

 

MLA CITATIONS

  • Library databases have features to create MLA citations automatically.

Searching for Information on the Web

WWW Test - ask these questions when determining whether a source is reliable, especially when Googling.

  • Who's the author or organization responsible for the information?  Does the author or organization have expertise?
  • What's the nature of the information?  Is it objective or biased?  Is it based on careful research?
  • When was it written?  Is it appropriately up-to-date?

Domain Searching

Try limiting your Google search to a particular domain (such as .edu or .gov which are restricted domains). You may find more reliable information.  Here are a couple of search examples:

global life expectancy site:.edu

global health and poverty site:.gov

Life Expectancy Websites