UN 195 - Special Topics: Improve/College Experience
Ms. Lynn Walden
The Basics: Systematically Search the Internet & Locating Career Information
Prof. Mike Strahan, Olson Library (227-2463)
Olson Library "Ask A Librarian" reference assistance including interactive chat
Library Catalog contains records for books, journal titles, government documents, etc., in a variety of formats (including online) held by NMU, LSSU, Finlandia U., and GCC libraries. (Note: Does not contain articles which appear in journals--see Searching/Locating Article Records below.)
When searching the Library Catalog for books, etc on career information:
search under the term vocational guidance and your profession/career
vocational guidance social work
vocational guidance nursing
The following sources contain brief information on a wide variety of careers/occupations.
Career myths and how to debunk them. (Published in Occupational Outlook Quarterly, fall 2005.)
Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance - Ref. HF 5381 .E52
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Ref. HD 8051 .A62 (also available online)
Career Outlook - Per. HF 5382.5 .U5 O3 (also available online)
Career Guide to Industries - Ref. HD 8051 .A64 (also available online)
Specialty Occupational Outlook, Trade & Technical - Ref. HF 5382.5 .U5 S594
Specialty Occupational Outlook, Professions - Ref. HF 5382.5 .U5 S595
Jobs Rated Almanac - Ref. HF 5382.5 .U5 K72 2002
O*NET Formerly the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, this online resource is touted as the nation's primary resource of occupation information.
Reliable web sites
Michigan Occupational Reports for Exploration
New and Emerging Occupations
America's Career InfoNet
Style Guide (citing your sources) - Guidelines differ depending on format
MLA Style Reference Formats Guide
How to Reference the online version of Occupational Outlook Handbook
Note: the publication date appears on the bottom of the HTML page, but not the PDF, and is the same for all entries in the 2008-09 OOH:
"Respiratory Therapists." Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition. 18 December 2007.
United States. Dept. of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 21 February 2008
< http://stats.bls.gov/oco/pdf/ocos084.pdf >.
The terminology for locating career information varies from database to database.
Use the database Subject Guide and search for the subheading/subdivision: Vocational Guidance
However, also consider searching by combining your profession/career with the following terms (recommend you copy & paste into a separate search box):
Profession or Career* or Occupation* or Vocation*
name of your profession or career
Index to articles in over 9,000 general and scholarly periodicals. Contains full-text articles from over 5,000 magazine and journal titles as well as newspapers from the Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Services. Full text coverage varies widely from title to title.