SPCH 1315 Scavenger Hunt - Adkins Research Guide - LSC-North Harris
This page was created for Professor Adkins' students.
- Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer. Terms? People? Organizations? Places? Objects?
- List terms that best represent the main concepts of your topic.
Keywords=lead paint, lead poisoning
Broader= product safety (does not specify a product or a hazard)
Narrower=hazardous toys and China (specifies a product and a geographic area)
Books - Scavenger Hunt
Find books, and e-books.
Use the Library Catalog
- Enter search terms.
- Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
- Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
- To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
- To request a book from another location, click "request first available copy" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.
Library Catalog Video Tutorials
- The basic elements for citing books are:
- author (last name, and initials)
- year of publication in parenthesis
- title in italics (capitalize only the first word in the title and of the subtitle, if any, and any proper nouns)
- place of publication (city and state | if outside of the US list city and country)(list the first location if two or more are listed)
- See APA Citation Help for additional information and examples.
Example of a book, single author
Doyal, L. (1995). What makes women sick: Gender and the political economy of health. Chicago, IL: Nelson-Hall.
In-text documentation followed by accompanying citation
"He seemed to be transformed when he sang…" (Sacks, 2007, p. 303).
Sacks, O. (2007). Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles - Scavenger Hunt
|Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID). Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.|
- date of publication enclosed in parenthesis (for journals articles list the year) (for magazines and newspapers list the year, month and day)
- title of the article (capitalize the first word in the title and subtitle if any, and proper nouns)
- title of the periodical in italics
- volume number in italics (not needed for newspapers)
- issue number enclosed in parenthesis (not needed for newspapers)
- page range, if available (for newspaper articles precede the page number with a p. [for single page] or pp. [for multiple pages])
- DOI (digital object identifier) | if not available, then use the name of the database preceded by: Retrieved from
*Note - APA indicates that if a DOI is missing, you are to use the URL of the homepage of the periodical, however your professor has indicated a preference for the title of the database than the periodical's URL.
Mitka, M. (2009). FDA focuses on quality-of-life issues for patients following LASIK surgery. Journal of the American
Medical Association, 302(22), 2420-2422. doi: 10.1001/jama.2009.1763
Refai, T., & Hassanin, O. (2011). Evaluation of improvement of best corrected visual acuity following Lasik treatment
in anisometropic amblyopia. Australian Journal of Basic & Applied Sciences, 5(11), 23-29. Retrieved
from Academic Search Complete.
Wanjek, C. (2005, September). LASIK eye surgery for the Amateur Astronomer. Sky & Telescope, 110(3), 36-42.
Retrieved from Academic Search Complete.
The permanent mortgage crisis. (2010, April 1). Wall Street Journal, p. A.18. Retrieved from National Newspapers Core.
Stinebaker, J. (1999, August 9). Organ harvesting sparks dispute. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved from
Website Article - Scavenger Hunt
Select sources of information carefully. This is very important when you are selecting website articles. Can you believe everything you hear or read?
Books, television programs, Web pages, and friends don't always provide 100% factual information.
Review each website article for:
Authority—What are the author's credentials?
Coverage—How does the content compare with other sources you found?
Currency—What is the date of the article or the information?
Suitability—Even if everything else is fine, the material may not be appropriate for you. It may have been written for children or for scientific researchers.
Use the questions provided on the Evaluating Information Checklist.
See video tutorials:Citing a Website in APA Format
- The basic elements to list for a website are: author, date, title, and retrieval information.
- See APA Style blog for "How to Cite Something You Found on a Website in APA Style."
Union of Concerned Scientists. (2008, August 27). Global warming: Successes. Retrieved
- APA Herding Cats Sample Paper 2014
- APA Formatting and Style Guide (includes in-text citations and references) (Purdue OWL)
- Diana Hacker's Social Sciences (Bedford/St. Martin's)