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English 111 - South Bend-Elkhart

  Pre-search to Research

Use the sources below to quickly learn about the:
  SCOPE of a topic

Pre-searching will help you find scholarly sources faster and more easily.

Encylcopedias, etc.

Best Bet: 

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of hundreds of subject-specific encyclopedias and specialized reference resources covering a wide variety of disciplines.

Credo Reference provides articles from over 600 titles with particular emphasis on encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and reference handbooks.

CQ Researcher provides in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. 

African American Experience (ABC-CLIO)  Developed with the guidance of African American librarians and subject specialists, The African American Experience is the widest ranging and easiest-to-use online database collection on African American history and culture.

Global Road Warrior highlights information about the cultures, geography, and people of the world's nations. 

Gale Biography in Context biographical information for over 500,000 people.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Best Bet: Occupational Outlook Handbook career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

O*Net OnLine O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!


Discover!: Background Information

Discover! is Ivy Tech's one-stop search for books, articles, and background information.  Discover! searches: 

  • IvyCat (a database of all materials in the South Bend and Elkhart libraies + over 100,000 ebooks)
  • EBSCO and JSTOR article databases
  • Gale's Virtual Reference Library, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and more


1. Enter your search term(s) in the Discover! box on the Library home page.


2. Refine your search:

     In the left column, select Reference Materials Only


3. Now you try!  


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