While we always encourage our students to use our online database subscriptions to begin their research, it doesn’t mean that those are your only options for resources! In addition to our handy list of links (over on the right hand side of this blog, organized by major topic) there are a wealth of reliable and verifiable online resources out there. One of the best places to go for research is obviously the library! But, not just the EU Library. Your local library system is also a great place to go if you need help. If you can’t make it to your local library in person, why not check out the Florida Electronic Library?
The Florida Electronic Library has over fifty online resources available for use. They have quite a few Gale databases, similar to those found through our Gale InfoTrac database, including access to some that EU doesn’t subscribe to. Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell Bottoms, Pop Culture of 20th Century America is an encyclopedia set of pop culture reference material. How neat is that? Some other great Gale resources are the History in Dispute volumes. If you need more information for some research for one of your general education courses, this would be a great place to look. Gale Popular Magazines is composed of the archives of over 600 titles recommended by Bowker’s Magazines for Libraries. Titles like Consumer Reports, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Fortune, Business Week, and even Oprah are incorporated here.
They also have access to some OCLC databases, including ArticleFirst and CAMIO. CAMIO is a catalog of art museum images online. OCLC’s MedLine is the National Library of Medicine’s premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the healthcare system, and the preclinical sciences. It contains over TWELVE MILLION journal articles. OCLC’s WorldCat Dissertations would be a great place to look for research and published work that has been done at the university and college level. The Florida Electronic Library also provides access to databases that are uniquely about Florida. The following is just a sampling of what they offer: Florida on Florida, the Florida Photographic Collection, and the FloridaCat Group Catalog.
To access the Florida Electronic Library click this link: http://flelibrary.org/
This program is funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services. This program is not available for those outside of Florida. Out of state? Check your local library for similar programs.