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Guide for Twentieth Century Senior Seminar


Library Catalog (electronic and paper) – Reference area.  Search by author, title, subject, or keyword to obtain a list of books in the library.  Note: The library catalog is available from any computer that has Internet access. 

Electronic books through netLibrary - Full-text access to nearly 50,000 e-books.

Essay & General Literature Index – Call #R/AI3.E752 – Reference area.  This index is unique in that it identifies what the chapters of selected books are about.

The Reference Shelf and/or Opposing Viewpoints – Circulating series of books. Search the OPAC by subject (such as crime, drugs, government, juvenile delinquency, sports, terrorism, women and society) – OR – search Reference Shelf or Opposing Viewpoints as keywords

Reference Materials

General Encyclopedias – Call #R/AE5 – Reference area.  Provide background information and give ideas about how a subject is typically organized in the literature. Sets in Reference include: Academic American, Collier’s, Encyclopedia Americana, The New Encyclopedia Britannica, and World Book Encyclopedia.

Subject Encyclopedias – Reference Area – Sample titles include:

American Decades – Call #R/E169.12.A419

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics – Call #R/BH 56.E53

Encyclopedia of American Social History – Call #R/HN57.E58 1993

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency – Call #R/JK511.E53 1994

Encyclopedia of Bioethics – Call #R/QH332.E52 1995

Encyclopedia of Business – Call #R/HF1001.E466 1995

Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance – Call #R/HF5381.E52 1993

Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice – Call #R/HV6017.E52 1983

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust – Call #R/D804.3.E53 1990

The Encyclopedia of Philosophy – Call #R/B41.E5

Encyclopedia of Political Anarchy – Call #R/HX830.G39 1999

Encyclopedia of Special Education – Call #R/LC4007.E53 2000

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century-Call #R/E169.1.E626

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century-Call #R/E740.7.E53

Encyclopedia of Women and Sport in America – Call #R/GV709.E53 1998

Encyclopedia of World Art – Call #R/N31.E4833

Ethics – Call #R/BJ63.E54

Grzimek’s Encyclopedia of Mammals – Call #R/QL701.G7913 1990

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animal Life – Call #R/QL45.A6 1961

International Encyclopedia of Communications – Call #R/P87.5.I5 1989

International Encyclopedia of The Social Sciences – Call #R/H40.A2I5

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology – Call #R/Q121.M3 2002

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas - Call #R/CB9.N45 2005

Thinkers of the 20th Century -Call #R/CT120.T45

The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food & Nutrition – Call #R/TX353.M344 1992

Women’s Issues – Call #R/HQ1115.W6425 1997

World Philosophy Essay-Reviews of 225 Major Works – Call #R/B29.W68

You Eat What You Are: People, Culture and Food Traditions – Call #R/GT2850.B37 1999x

Yearbooks, Annuals, Statistics – Reference Area

Contemporary Issues Criticism – Call #R/H31.C755

Demographics of The U.S. – Call #R/HB 849.49.R875 2000

Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 – Call #R/HA202.A385 1976

Science & Technology Almanac – Call #R/Q173.S395 1999

Science & Technology Firsts – Call #R/T15.B684 1997

The Statesman’s Year-Book – Call #R/JA51.S7

State of the World 2001- Call #R/HC59.S734

Statistical Abstract of the United States – Call #R/HA202.U5

U.S. Industry & Trade Outlook ’98 – Call #R/HC106.82.U16 1998

Vital Signs – Call #R/TD 193.2.V57

World Almanac & Book of Facts – Call #R/AY67.N5W7


CQ Researcher (formerly Editorial Research Reports) – Call #R/H35.E35 – Reference Area

Editorials – search through periodicals and newspapers (Lexis-Nexis provides the best coverage of full-text newspapers)

Journal Articles

It is best to use the library's indexes to locate journal articles – Main floor.  The library's print indexes allow searching by author, title, and/or subject. Sample titles include:  Biography Index, Business Periodicals Index, Education Index, Humanities Index, Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature, and Social Sciences Index.

Electronic Journal Articles

All databases are listed on this page http://www.lambuth.edu/academics/library/subjectdirectory.html

Tennessee Electronic Library

Academic OneFile – covers journal literature of all academic disciplines

General Reference Center Gold – covers journal literature, but also includes information from reference books

Business & Company ASAP – covers journal literature in business and management

Health Reference Center – Academic – covers journal literature in the health fields

Informe! – a Spanish-language database

National Newspaper Index – provides citations to The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal,

Academic Search Premier - Provides full text for nearly 4,650 scholarly publications, including full text for nearly 3,600 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975.

ERIC – Available campus-wide; index of resources in the field of education;

Annual Reviews – Contains full-text articles timely coverage of the sciences including biochemistry, cell & developmental biology, ecology & systematics, genetics, microbiology, physiology, and psychology.

Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe – Contains full-text articles.  Categories include news; business, legal, medical, and reference

Government Information

Government information is a good source for statistics, population data, and environmental studies.

Online database for government information -

Some government agencies that may provide useful information are Census Bureau, EPA, Department of Justice, Library of Congress, and Department of Interior.


FROM: Kapoun, Jim. "Teaching undergrads WEB evaluation: A guide for library instruction." Five criteria for eC&RL News (July/August 1998): 522-523.
URL: http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/research/webeval.html

Evaluation of Web documents

How to interpret the basics

1. Accuracy of Web Documents

        Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?

        What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced?

        Is this person qualified to write this document?


        Make sure author provides e-mail or a contact address/phone number.

        Know the distinction between author and Webmaster.

2. Authority of Web Documents

        Who published the document and is it separate from the "Webmaster?"

        Check the domain of the document, what institution publishes this document?

        Does the publisher list his or her qualifications?


        What credentials are listed for the authors)?

        Where is the document published? Check URL domain.

3. Objectivity of Web Documents

        What goals/objectives does this page meet?

        How detailed is the information?

        What opinions (if any) are expressed by the author?


        Determine if page is a mask for advertising; if so information might be biased.

        View any Web page as you would an infomercial on television. Ask yourself why was this written and for whom?

4. Currency of Web Documents

        When was it produced?

        When was it updated'

        How up-to-date are the links (if any)?


        How many dead links are on the page?

        Are the links current or updated regularly?

        Is the information on the page outdated?

5. Coverage of the Web Documents

        Are the links (if any) evaluated and do they complement the documents' theme?

        Is it all images or a balance of text and images?

        Is the information presented cited correctly?


        If page requires special software to view the information, how much are you missing if you don't have the software?

        Is it free or is there a fee, to obtain the information?

        Is there an option for text only, or frames, or a suggested browser for better viewing?

Putting it all together:

Accuracy. If your page lists the author and institution that published the page and provides a way of contacting him/her and . .

Authority. If your page lists the author credentials and its domain is preferred (.edu, .gov, .org, or .net), and, . .

Objectivity. If your page provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objective in presenting the information, and . . .

Currency. If your page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date, and. .

Coverage. If you can view the information properly--not limited to fees, browser technology, or software requirement, then . .

You may have a Web page that could be of value to your research!



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