Popular resources contain articles from magazines and newspapers that can be found at local bookstores, grocery stores or newsstands. These resources have glossy pages with bright colors and images. They feature many advertisers. Trendy issues and opinions, not serious research, tend to make up the bulk of these publications (56).
Upson, Matt, et al. Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research. U of Chicago P, 2015
Keyword searches find articles that contain the word(s) typed in the search box. Brainstorm synonyms and alternative words for your topic, thesis, or essential question. Using words such as AND, OR, and NOT with your keywords help narrow or expand the search results.
Database limiters reduce the number of search results. I have highlighted only a few of the database limiters. Please experiment with the other limiters offered for database searches.
This type of search will locate complete articles, not just abstracts describing the contents of the articles.
Complete articles can be located without limiting to full-text. Click the "Find It" link next to an article in the search results and follow the instructions to request the full article.
Examples of source types include scholarly/peer reviewed articles, magazines, and newspapers. Other source types are also available as limiters
Depending on your topic, you may want to limit the search results date to recent publication years.
Conduct your searches similarly to how you would in the library catalog:
vocational guidance AND name of career interest
You will get links to citations and full text articles that have this topic as their main focus.
Not all of them will have career advice or salary information. For that type of information you need to consult FERGUSON'S CAREER GUIDANCE CENTER.
Facts about work responsibilities, training, and education required by various occupations. Includes earnings, job prospects, working conditions and more.
The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations.
A scholarly and popular articles differ. Scholarly articles are written by experts in their fields and are the most reliable sources. Popular articles are written by journalists and not experts in one particular field.