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.
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.
Other Ebooks Available:
During the COVID-19 outbreak we have many additional sources of ebooks available. Check our Ebook Libguide for more information.
Search Opposing Viewpoints
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.
Search Google Scholar
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.
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 "Love & Gender," do searches on Google Scholar, Academic Search Premier, Gender Watch, or Opposing Viewpoints. To find film reviews do searches on Academic Search Premier or in the New York Times. You can access these databases via the Databases A ot Z list.
Here is a link to it: https://www.alverno.edu/library/databasesatoz.php
Also there is a special LibGuide to help you access the New York Times. Here is a link to it: https://libguides.alverno.edu/nytimes
To get started finding information, try some of these topics in your search. There are many more; a librarian can help you.
Use Credo Reference for credible sources and background research.
BRAIN: Using Your Brain to Evaluate Information (from Shasta College)