Find Background Info
Background sources, such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries, are an essential piece of the research process. They can help you:
- Gather information about your topic and understand the scope of the research.
- Locate reliable sources and clarify keywords.
- Pinpoint important authors, texts, ideas, and key words about the research area; knowing what the primary phrases and concepts are will help you a lot
as you are searching library databases and online sources
Credo Reference is multi-publisher collection of high-quality reference titles covering everything from the arts to astronomy, law to literature, and
science to Shakespeare. The collection currently contains over 162 titles taken from 36 different reference publishers and more titles are being added.
Available titles also include a range of multimedia options including thousands of high-quality diagrams, photographs, maps, and audio files.
Search Credo Reference
Credo Reference offers the following titles that may be especially useful:
Science Reference Center
This database provides easy access to a wealth of full-text, science-oriented content including science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and
other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic, and the
Nature Picture Library.
Science Reference Center
Print and e-books are valuable sources for academic research—They will help you to gain an overview of your topic and often contain in-depth
information about the scholarship or history of research on a subject. Some books are written by single authors, while others include essays or chapters by
multiple scholars within a discipline. Don’t let the length of books intimidate you because you don’t need to read them from cover to cover.
Look at the table of contents and index to find the sections that are relevant to your work.
Find Books Using GriffinSearch
You can use GriffinSearch to find print and e-books available through Giovale Library. To get started, search by keyword or type in the title of a book
WorldCat lets you search for books, articles, videos, and other material that are available in libraries worldwide. If you are doing in-depth research on
a topic and are considering requesting resources through InterLibrary Loan, WorldCat can help you discover resources that might not be in the Giovale
InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
InterLibrary Loan is a service where patrons of one library can borrow books and other materials, and access journal articles that are owned by another
InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
Utah Academic Library Consortium
Giovale Library participates in the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) and Westminster College students have reciprocal circulation privileges at
UALC partner libraries. Each UALC library has different circulation policies but all require a current, valid legal photo identification and proof of
current enrollment at Westminster. Some libraries may also require other verification methods, so it is recommended that you contact the member library you
are interested in using for details.
Utah Academic Library Consortium
Popular Titles and Features Texts
The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs
Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Wrestling with Behavioral Genetics: Science, Ethics, and Public Conversation
The Giovale Library provides access to a number of subject databases that you can use to find journal articles on topics within a specific discipline or
field of study. The databases listed on this page are those that are most useful for finding research published in the field of English.
GriffinSearch is a good starting place if you are looking for books, journal articles, films, and other material available in the library. In addition to
searching the Giovale Library catalog for physical materials, GriffinSearch finds e-books and articles from several of our databases.
ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters. Journals are guided by eminent editorial boards and
articles are rigorously peer-reviewed. Books on ScienceDirect cover 24 subject collections across disciplines such as biochemistry, genetics and molecular
biology, chemistry, clinical medicine, engineering, and environmental science.
Springer eJournal Collection
Springer eJournals Collection provides full-text access to over 1900 peer-reviewed journals covering numerous disciplines from the sciences such as
biomedical sciences, chemistry, environmental sciences, life sciences, physics, public health and more. When searching all of SpringerLink, refine your
results under Content Type by Journal Articles to limit your results to full text articles.
Search Springer eJournal Collection
PsycINFO contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports, all in the field of psychology
and the psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics,
anthropology, business, and law. With over 60,000 references added annually through weekly updates, this is the best database to use as you search for
peer-reviewed literature in psychology.
Psychology and Behavioral Collection
The Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection provides nearly 550 full text publications, including more than 500 peer-reviewed journals. The
database covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and
Search Psychology and
MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences,
and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses (MeSH) indexing with tree numbers, tree hierarchy, and explosion capabilities to
search abstracts from over 4,000 current biomedical journals.
PubMed is the freely accessible version of MEDLINE and is the NLM's premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry,
veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than
4,600 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to the mid-1960's.
Coverage is worldwide, but most records are from English-language sources or have English abstracts.
Find Resources and Data Online
There are a number of internet resources for neuroscience which you can use to find scholarly research, popular articles, diagrams of the brain, and even
scientific data. The following websites are good starting places, but keep in mind that this list represents only a small subset of the information
available online. As always, if you can’t find what you are looking for, contact the Library.
Neuroscience Information Framework Project (NIF)
Sponsored by organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, the Neuroscience Information Framework Project
(NIF) maintains searchable catalogs that can help connect you with scholarship, online resources, and data in the field of neuroscience.
View the Neuroscience Information Framework Project
Society for Neuroscience
The Society for Neuroscience is a professional organization for scientists and physicians whose work focuses on the study of the brain and nervous
system. The organization’s website provides access to their free, open-access, peer-reviewed journal, eNeruo, and to Neuronline, a website for
learning and professional development. The Society for Neuroscience website is an especially useful resource for undergraduates exploring career
possibilities in neuroscience.
View the Society for Neuroscience
If you are new to neuroscience, this website can be a helpful starting place to explore general topics. Edited by leading scientists and physicians, this
resource is intended for a broad audience and is easy to navigate by topic. It includes a 3D model of the brain as well as a glossary of important
Citing your sources helps you avoid plagiarism and shows that you’ve done research to become knowledgeable about your topic. Proper citations allow
your readers to track down your sources and helps them understand how your research is connected to the work of others in your field. On this page, you will
find guides and tools to help you format citations and you will learn about what constitutes plagiarism.
How to Cite Sources
With all of the many ways that you can plagiarize someone’s work, either accidentally or on purpose, how can you make sure that you’re citing
your sources correctly, each and every time? One way is to become familiar with reputable sources that will help you either learn or confirm that how you
are citing your source is correct.
PurdueOWL contains writing guides, grammatical rules, and citation help that will
assist with many writing projects. The MLA Citation Guide is a thorough
resource on everything you need to know about MLA formatting and style.
Zotero is an ideal tool to gather, analyze, and document all of your sources.
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism means taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as your own. Plagiarism can either be intentional or unintentional, and
even the most careful writer could accidentally plagiarize without fully knowing it. For example, did you know that it is plagiarism even if you
misattribute a quote to the wrong author? Even if you cited the source and put their name in your works cited, if the wrong person received credit for
someone else’s work, it can still be considered plagiarism.
There are other, lesser known forms of plagiarism, that are still plagiarism nonetheless:
- Copy and pasting someone else’s work and turning it in as your own (without citing your source)
- Using a quote from someone without giving them credit
- Inadvertently giving the wrong person credit, thereby not giving credit to the correct source
- Not putting a quotation in quotation marks
- Changing a few words here and there, but keeping the main ideas of a sentence without giving credit to the original author
And that just includes written works. There are other ways that you might accidentally be plagiarizing images, videos, and music, too:
- Copying pictures from Google or another website to use without saying where you found the image
- Using copyrighted music or video clips without permission. This includes playing “cover songs” without permission, too.
- Making a video that includes copyrighted music or movies playing in the background
Of course, all of these scenarios of potential plagiarism can be avoided by knowing how to properly cite your sources. Just say where you found the image
or who wrote the book, and you’ll be fine.