Background sources, such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries, are an essential piece of the research process. They can help you:
- Gather information about your topic and understand the scope of the research
- Locate reliable sources and clarify keywords
- Pinpoint important authors, texts, ideas, and keywords about the research area. Knowing what the primary phrases and concepts are will help you a lot
as you are searching library databases and online sources.
Credo Reference is a multi-publisher collection of high quality reference titles covering everything from the arts to astronomy, law to literature, and
science to Shakespeare. The collection currently contains over 162 titles taken from 36 different reference publishers and more titles are being added.
Available titles also include a range of multimedia options including thousands of high quality diagrams, photographs, maps, and audio files.
Search Credo Reference
Credo Reference offers the following relevant titles and many more:
Science Reference Center
This database provides easy access to a wealth of full-text, science-oriented content including science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and
other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the
Nature Picture Library.
Science Reference Center
Print and e-books are valuable sources for academic research. They will help you to gain an overview of your topic and often contain in-depth information
about the scholarship or history of research on a subject. Some books are written by single authors while others include essays or chapters by multiple
scholars within a discipline. Don’t let the length of books intimidate you because you don’t need to read them from cover to cover. Look at the
table of contents and index to find the sections that are relevant to your work.
Find Books Using GriffinSearch
You can use GriffinSearch to find print and e-books available through Giovale Library. To get started, search by keyword or type in the title of a book
WorldCat.org lets you search for books, articles, videos, and other material that are available in libraries worldwide. If you are doing in-depth
research on a topic and are considering requesting resources through interlibrary loan, WorldCat can help you discover resources that might not be in the
Giovale Library collection.
InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
InterLibrary Loan is a service where patrons of one library can borrow books and other materials, and access journal articles that are owned by another
Utah Academic Library Consortium
Giovale Library participates in the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) and Westminster College students have reciprocal circulation privileges at
UALC partner libraries. Each UALC library has different circulation policies, but all require a
current, valid, legal photo identification and proof of current enrollment at Westminster. Some libraries may also require other verification methods, so it
is recommended that you contact the member library you are interested in for details.
Utah Academic Library Consortium
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The Giovale Library provides access to a number of subject databases that you can use to find journal articles on topics within a specific discipline or
field of study. The databases listed on this page are those that are most useful for finding research published in visual art and art history.
GriffinSearch is a good starting place if you are looking for books, journal articles, films, and other material available in the library. In addition to
searching the Giovale Library catalog for physical materials, GriffinSearch finds e-books and articles from several of our databases.
In keeping with their commitment to environmental consciousness, EBSCO offers GreenFILE, a research database focusing on the relationship between human
beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and
beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the
positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law,
health and technology, GreenFILE will serve as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet.
GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) is an electronic resource that focuses on the study of sustainability and the
environment. Topics include global warming, food safety, access to health care, and the impact of economic development on international relations.
Environmental Issues and Policy Collection
Addresses environmental concerns and research with coverage from journals and book reference content.
Issues and Policy Collection
Citing your sources helps you avoid plagiarism and shows that you’ve done research to become knowledgeable about your topic. Proper citations allow
your readers to track down your sources and help them understand how your research is connected to the work of others in your field. On this page, you will
find guides and tools to help you format citations, and you will learn about what constitutes plagiarism.
How to Cite Sources
With all of the many ways that you can plagiarize someone’s work, either accidentally or on purpose, how can you make sure that you’re citing
your sources correctly each and every time? One way is to become familiar with reputable sources that will help you learn or confirm that how you are citing
your source is correct.
PurdueOWL contains writing guides, grammatical rules, and citation help that will
assist with many writing projects.
Zotero is an ideal tool to gather, analyze, and document all of your sources.
You must always provide a citation for your images, just as you would any other source. Usually these citations will appear in captions and may be
compiled into a list of illustrations in a paper or presentation. The format of your citation will vary depending on the citation style that you have chosen
to use, but it will most likely include the following information:
- Artist's/creator's name
- Creation date
- Current location (museum or other repository)
- Place of creation
- Information about the source you acquired the image from (website, book, etc.)
Most citation materials will include information about citing images.
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism means taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as your own. Plagiarism can either be intentional or unintentional, and
even the most careful writer could accidentally plagiarize without fully knowing it. For example, did you know that it is plagiarism even if you
misattribute a quote to the wrong author? Even if you cited the source and took care to put their name in your works cited, if the wrong person received
credit for someone else’s work, it can still be considered plagiarism. Other lesser known forms of plagiarism include:
- Copy and pasting someone else’s work and turning it in as your own (without citing your source)
- Using a quote from someone without giving them credit
- Inadvertently giving the wrong person credit, thereby not giving credit to the correct source
- Not putting a quotation in quotation marks
- Changing a few words here and there, but keeping the main ideas of a sentence without giving credit to the original author
That just includes written works. There are other ways that you might accidentally be plagiarizing images, videos, and music, too, such as:
- Copying pictures from Google or another website to use without saying where you found the image
- Using copyrighted music or video clips without permission. This includes playing "cover songs" without permission, too.
- Making a video that includes copyrighted music or movies playing in the background
Of course, all of these scenarios of potential plagiarism can be avoided by knowing how to properly cite your sources. Just say where you found the image
or who wrote the book and you’ll be fine.