Finding Books and Media

Use the Library Catalog to locate books in the library on your topic:

  • Perform an “All Fields” search using keywords such as censorship or “freedom of speech.” An advanced search will allow you to focus on specific words or terms. The call number identifies its location in the library.
    • The Library has several book series that pertain to current events. Try searching the Catalog for Opposing Viewpoints, Current ControversiesAt Issue, or Taking Sides.

E-Books are available through the OCC Library Databases. To access them, log into Ocean Connect and click on the tab for Library Services. The link “search for e-books” (near the top) will open the EBSCOhost eBooks database which has over 40,000 books!

Print Reference Sources can be found on the first floor of the library by the Reference Desk and are perfect for beginning your research.

Electronic Reference Sources can be found in the library databases. A few examples are:

  • Oxford Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia Britannica

A Database is a searchable collection of information. In library research, a database is where you find journal, newspaper, magazine articles, and more. Each database contains thousands of articles which can be searched for with keywords and subject terms.

  • Access the Databases
    • Login to Ocean Connect
    • Once you are logged in, click the “Library Services” tab on the left-hand side of the screen. You can then select to view the Databases alphabetically or by subject.

Choose a database to begin searching! Some examples can be found below or on one of our other Research Guides.

Quick Reference - Critically Evaluate Your Sources







  • When was it published?

  • Has it been revised or updated?

  • Are the links functional?
  • Does the information relate to your topic?

  • Who is the intended audience?

  • Is the information at an appropriate level?

  • Have you looked at a variety of sources?
  • Who is the author, publisher, source, and/or sponsor?

  • What are the author’s credentials?

  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?

  • Does the URL reveal anything about the source?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?

  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?

  • Does the language seemed unbiased and free of emotion?
  • What is the purpose of the information? To inform, teach, see, entertain, or persuade?

  • Is the information fact or opinion?

  • Does the point of view appear objective or impartial?

  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?

Finding Database Articles

The Library subscribes to many article databases, each suited to different fields and levels of study. If you are away from campus, you will need to access these databases through Ocean Connect.

  • Points of View Researcher – Provides a balance of materials from all viewpoints with main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. The database also offers related images and supplementary research guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating.
  • SIRS Researcher [Easy to use, not as in-depth] – Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between of 345+ social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues. Editorially created content with engaging Essential Questions with answers, and viewpoint articles help build solid foundations for understanding complex global issues.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context [Variety of Popular and Scholarly Sources] – Includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. A category search provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more.
  • Global Issues in Context [Variety of Popular and Scholarly Sources] – Integrating news, global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics, and more in a single search— Global Issues In Context is updated daily and offers 250 different country topic pages and more than 400 Issue pages.
    • TIP! The Search Bar has a drop-down option that allows you to search Global Issues and Opposing Viewpoints at the same time!
  • CQ Researcher [Reports on many topics] – Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short “sidebar” features round out the reports. Shorter “Hot Topics” articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.

Finding Newspaper Articles

  • U.S. Major Dailies – U.S. Major Dailies provides access to the five most respected U.S. national and regional newspapers: The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. The titles offer researchers thorough and timely coverage of local, regional, and global events with journalistic balance and perspective.
  • Northeast Newsstream – Enables users to search the most recent regional news content, as well as archives which stretch back to the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. Northeast Newsstream covers news sources from Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • InfoTrac Newsstand – Provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.


Created by Janelle Bitter 4/2018
Last updated 4/2018

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