Calling All Students: Got a Paper to Write?
September 08, 2011
Who’s got a research paper to write? I do! Anybody else?
We're almost half-way through September, and sadly that's a quarter of the way of the way through the semester. Oh where, oh where did summer break go? All wonderful things come to an end I suppose, and now I’ve got a mountain of papers amassing themselves ready to attack about mid-November, so I'm getting ready and on the defense early thanks to MCPL's 273 databases which have a special place in my heart, especially during the school semester—and what’s even better is that 266 of those databases can be accessed from a home computer! This means I can stay at home and build my fortress of blankets to hold these papers at bay.
Now the question is where to start? For it's time to get real!
For business papers, there’s the Business & Company Resource Center which can help you research information concerning companies and industries such as company profiles, company histories, brand information, rankings, and current company and industry news. This information is great for an overview of a company or when tasked to come up with a new product and needing a marketing strategy. The Business and Finance section contains all of our databases you might like to use for such a paper of the business type.
For the communications research, there is the lovely Issues & Controversies which discusses current topics for the researcher of present issues of the day. It covers topics concerning business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. You can find more research databases geared toward similar ideas in our Current Topics section.
And for the literary paper, you might like to check out Bloom’s Literary Reference Online where you can search for specific authors, works, or themes; and the Facts on File Writer’s Reference Center provides a dictionary, thesaurus, foreign words and phrases, literary terms, and much more to aid you in the grammatical realm. You can find more literary databases at our Literature and Language Arts section
If you want, you can skip some work of searching through individual databases and try our nifty cross-search of multiple databases which allows you to select database categories and search type, making it that much easier for you to find the information you’re looking for!
These are all lovely resources which I plan to employ in my own papers this semester, and I hope they might be of use to you too! Happy writing!