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FSS125 - First Semester Seminar: Spring 2018

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

What is Opposing Viewpoints?

Ever been in class, talking to friends, or scrolling through the news and come across a heated debate on a topic that you don't know that much about? Opposing Viewpoints is a great place to start. It takes controversial topics and highlights the main points, then pulls relevant articles, statistics, news, and more that work as good examples of both sides of the argument.


  • This is a great place to get a feel for the main sides of a controversial topic, but sometimes the information is a little dated. For some topics, an article that's 5 years old won't make a difference. For other topics where cutting edge information is crucial, 5 years is ancient history. Consider your topic and check for currency when using Opposing Viewpoints.
  • Most current information will have a "NEW!" or "UPDATED!" tag on the topic link.


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What is TOPCAT?

TOPCAT is our library catalog. You can search here for books, magazines, course reserves, DVDs, textbooks, and other items that we hold in our physical collection (i.e. things you can come pull off the shelf and check out). We also have some of our e-content in TOPCAT, but not all.


  • Keep your searches broad and simple to start. Try 1 or 2 keywords at first.
  • Use the limiters on the left to narrow your results.
  • You'll see other schools listed in your results. They're part of our library consortium, which means we all share materials. If you find something from another school that you want, you can request it and pick it up from our library once it arrives at Alverno.

Search for Ebooks

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What is Ebook Central?

This is our main ebook vendor and you'll find over 140,000 ebooks across all different disciplines here. You can download ebooks or view them online, and they're all keyword searchable. Ebook Central is user friendly and easy to navigate. 


  • We recommend you read online rather than download your ebook. If you like to take notes or highlight books as you read, reading them online and saving them to your virtual bookshelf ensures you won't lose your notes when your checkout period expires.
  • You'll need to set up a user login to download ebooks or save them to your virtual bookshelf, but it's free and easy to do.
  • Contact a librarian if you have trouble setting up your ebook account.

Search Google Scholar

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Why use Google Scholar?

Google Scholar takes some of the guesswork out of your research. Instead of wondering if the article you're reading is scholarly or comes from a reputable source, Google Scholar makes sure of it. You still have to do some legwork, but the quality of the information you have to work with is much higher. This is a great place to start academic research when your instructor says you need to find scholarly articles.


  • If you're not sure where to start, keep your searches broad at first. Slowly add additional keywords (or swap them out) when you get an idea of how you want to specify your question.
  • Do you have an article citation and want to know if we have the full text? Plug the article title in and, if we do, chances are good you'll see a [PDF], [HTML], or "Full Text @ Alverno" link appear to the right of the search results.
  • Always use the link on the library homepage (or on this guide) to get to Google Scholar, this will give you better results as it's synced with our databases.
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Mindfulness Strategies

Your library liaison is: Sara Shutkin

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Let's start with a brief survey

Use this handout to determine if an article is considered scholarly: Is it a scholarly article or isn’t it?

To find more information and scholarly articles about "Mindfulness Strategies," do searches on Google Scholar, Opposing Viewpoints, or Academic Search Premier.  You can access these databases via the Databases A ot Z list.
Here is a link to it:

To get started finding information, try some of these topics in your search. There are many more; a librarian can help you.

  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness based Stress Reduction
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Mindfulness (Psychology)
  • Meditation
  • Meditation AND Psychology
  • Awareness
  • Well-being
  • Self-kindness
  • Stress Management
  • Spirituality
  • Stress (Psychology)--Prevention
  • Attention
  • Mindfulness AND Food Habits
  • Mindfulness AND Education
  • Mindfulness AND Health
  • Mindfulness AND Workplace
  • Mindfulness AND Addiction Recovery
  • Being Present

Use Credo Reference for credible sources and background research.

Credo Reference

BRAIN: Using Your Brain to Evaluate Information (from Shasta College)

We Want Your Opinion

Please complete a short survey about information resources.

Your library liaison is: Larry Duerr

Local Resources on Sustainability

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Search this local newspaper for stories on Milwaukee and Wisconsin businesses and sustainability. Note: The newspaper's archive is searchable for the past year.



This local public radio station has a reporter specializing in environmental issues. 


Organizations on the Web

Wisconsin Sustainability Council

ECO - Environmental Collaboration Office (City of Milwaukee)


Remember to be cautious with information from a web page. Take some time to learn more about the author or the organization who created the content. See if you can determine who else is linking to the site.

Librarians need your feedback. Please complete this short survey:

Your library liaison is: Larry Duerr

One of the best resources for finding an article on a topic about Milwaukee is Academic Search Premier. You can find it on the Databases A to Z link on the library web page or you can search the database using the widget:

Academic Search Premier
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