Choosing the correct search terms helps you locate the sources you need.
Examples of broad search terms to use in databases like the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Examples of more specific search terms to use in Gale, EBSCO, and WorldCat
Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic.
Where Do I Find Books?
Use WorldCat to discover books, eBooks, videos, and more for your research. Use the search bar below to begin your search:
For complete instructions on using WorldCat check out our WorldCat research guide.
What if MJC Doesn't Have What I Need?
Unless otherwise instructed by your teacher, you'll probably want to use a variety sources to help you gain a complete understanding of your topic. Sources of information generally fall within three categories. These categories are Popular, Substantive, and Scholarly (or Peer Reviewed). To use them skillfully you need to be able to identify them and understand their differences.
All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.
Search using the Key Search Words in the left hand column of this guide, or use words more specific to your topic.
If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.