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Sullivan University Libraries @ Lexington: Basic Tools
Use this guide to find information about the library and the Lexington Campus.
Media and content that uses a combination of different content forms (Wikipedia), like text, photographs, video, audio or interactive elements.
May be found in databases or through the open web using a search engine.
Examples: Radio and television broadcasts, user-generated video, interactive talks, podcasts.
Provides very current information about events, people, or places at the time they are published
Useful for information on current events or to track the development of a story as it unfolds
Examples: Louisville Courier-Journal, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN
Include articles on diverse topics of popular interest and current events
Articles typically written by journalists or professional writers
Geared toward the general public
Examples: Time, Newsweek, National Geographic
Include articles written by and for workers in a particular field
Articles may have sources cited, but sometimes do not.
Geared toward people with knowledge or interest in a certain field.
Examples: Nation's Restaurant News, Nursing Times, Publishers Weekly, Realtor, Rock and Gravel Monthly
Include articles written by and for specialists/experts in a particular field
Most articles must go through a peer review process before they're accepted for publication
Articles tend to have a narrower focus and more analysis of the topic than those in other types of publications
Include cited references or footnotes at the end of research articles
Examples: American Anthropologist, Science, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Collections of articles from journals and magazines that can be searched effeciently. Sometimes they include books and other sources, too.
Every database follows different rules for searching and storage. Effective use depends on knowing those rules. Some commercial databases provide only summaries of articles and do not include full text.
Databases can be very expensive and may not be accessible to the general public. You have access to several as a Sullivan student.
Good Calculators -- provides links to over 200 calculators designed to work on computers, tablets and smartphones. Examples of calculators available include depreciation, logistics, sports and retirement -- just to name a few.
Wolfram | Alpha -- designed to perform "dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms and methods," provides a starting point for calculations and research.