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HC 100 - First Year Colloquium

Identify a topic
Here are some tools to help find or refine a specific topic.

  • Credo Reference Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    Provides online access to encyclopedias, almanacs, and other reference tools.
    A collection of encyclopedias, it can be a quick and easy way to get started on topics in most of the major disciplines. The "concept map" search allows you to explore general topics and refine them, using an interactive map of topics and subtopics. Credo offers a video demonstration of this feature.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff : Easy to browse set of resources on controversial social issues.
  • Academic OneFile Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff : A huge and highly heterogeneous multidisciplinary mix of scholarly, journalistic, practitioner and popular sources, with much direct full-text included. Use the list of related subjects to explore a topic. Use the tabs to identify scholarly, newspaper or other sources as necessary.
  • For discipline-specific information, see the library's specialized online encyclopedias.


Find Articles on your topic
You can use the following database for a specific discipline:

Business & Management: ABI/Inform Complete Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
Computer Science: ACM Digital Library Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
Education: ERIC Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
Health Sciences, Nursing and MedicineCINAHL Plus with Full-Text Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
Social SciencesSocial Sciences Full Text Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
Or you can search in the following general databases that cover all the disciplines:

Academic OneFile Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
A huge and highly heterogeneous multidisciplinary mix of scholarly, journalistic, practitioner and popular sources, with much direct full-text included. Use the tabs to identify scholarly, newspaper or other sources as necessary. Thanks to MeL / How to export to RefWorks Coverage: 1980-present

JSTOR Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
Full text of core scholarly journals from their beginning to approximately one year ago. Disciplines include botany, business, ecology, general science, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and statistics. Browsable by discipline and full-text searchable across all disciplines. Especially good for historic or classic articles in most fields. Coverage: 1665 to present.


For other specialized sources, see the list of databases by subject.
Library Contact
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Frank Lepkowski
Humanities Librarian / Associate Professor

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Library Catalog
Use the catalog to find books, videos, recordings, and goverment documents we have at the library.

MelCat
A statewide catalog of many of Michigan's libraries. It allows you to request books at another library be sent to Kresge Library for you.

RefWorks

Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

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