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Library Resource Guide

Books & Other Library Materials

Library Catalog
Indicates the books, periodicals, government documents, and audiovisual materials the library owns.  Cannot be used to find articles in magazines or journals, only which magazines and journals the library owns.  Use one of the databases listed below for locating articles.

For career information, search under the term vocational guidance and your profession/career (e.g. social work vocational guidance or nursing vocational guidance).

Key Sources - Click here for APA Style reference formats of these works
The following sources contain brief information on a wide variety of careers/occupations.

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance
- Also in print: HF 5381 .E52

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Source for occupational information including training & education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, working conditions. Print version in Reference. HD 8051 .A62.

Career Outlook - Published Quarterly by the U. S. Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Print copies in periodicals: HF 5382.5 .U5 O3. Indexed in several databases available at NMU.

O*NET Formerly the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, this database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs.

Web Sites - Click here for APA Style reference formats of these works (in-progress)

America's Career InfoNet ** Excellent listing of related careers & state-specific comprehensive Information **

Michigan Talent A collaborative effort of the State of Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) - is your launch pad for new jobs, careers and talent. It is an online marketplace connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers, and serves as a central hub linking all public and private stakeholders who support Michigan’s workforce. Pure Michigan Talent Connect serves as the state’s labor exchange system.

Michigan Helping Hand website. More than career resources here. "This site helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need. Simply click on one of the five tabs below for links to information about jobs and training, unemployment benefits, health care, family support and housing. Then click on the particular links that describes the help you're seeking."

Michigan Labor Market Information has a page of publications that include regional job numbers and career outlooks.

This resource lets you take tests, courses, and exercises related to many careers. This is a very good resource.

Journal and Magazine Articles - Discipline specific

The terminology for locating career information varies from database to database. Combine your profession/career with any of the following terms:

         Profession or Career* or Occupation* or Vocation*

ERIC — An abstract database to scholarly & trade journal articles in the field of education. Also includes references/full text to ERIC Documents (reports/documents, lesson plans, theses, dissertations, and conference papers).

ABI/INFORM Global — Index to articles in business and economics journals.  Indexes some nursing, hospital, health management, and medical records journals. Also includes the full-text of the Wall Street Journal.

MEDLINE — Indexes Medicine, Biomedical, and Nursing scholarly/professional journals. Covers material published 1965-present. Search as Subject: "Career Choice" or Occupations

Journal and Magazine Articles - All subjects

Academic Search Complete — A comprehensive, up-to-date and easy-to-use resource for serious academic research, and home to nearly 13,000 indexed journals with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.


Plagiarism and Style Guides (citing your sources)
Plagiarism is using someone else's ideas or words & claiming them as your own. You must properly cite or attribute a source when you are using someone else's ideas. As the wealth of information in a variety of formats become easier to access on the Internet, it is increasingly important to properly cite where you find information. For further information, consult the NMU Writing Center handout on plagiarism, and the NMU Student Handbook policies on Academic Dishonesty under Student Rights & Responsibilities section 1.2.3, & Student Code section 2.2.3.

APA Style Reference Formats Guide
Examples of how to cite some of the more common sources, including web sites and online articles, according to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Consult the Manual in the library reference collection for sources not listed at this site. Reference Collection: Ref. BF 76.7 P83 2001

MLA Style Reference Formats Guide
Examples of how to cite some of the more common sources, including web sites and online articles, according to the most recent edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Consult the Handbook in the library Reference Collection for sources not listed at this site.
Reference Collection: LB 2369 .G53

Analyzing Internet Resources

Evaluating Internet Information
- Provided by Olson Library

"Interesting Web Sites" Dihydrogen Monoxide - Research Division

IDchip.com    vs.     IDchips.com
Learn about search engines

How Search Engines Operate
- Written by Rand Fishkin and the Moz Staff. This is what you are up against when you search online.

Search Engine Land’s Guide To SEO (Search Engine Optimization) - Do you really know why you get the search results you do? This is explained in 9 sobering chapters.

Internet Archives Internet Archive - Extensive collection of archival visual resources. Check out the Wayback Machine.

Search Engines

Google Advanced Search - Use Google to your advancate. Limit searches to language, format, update, domain, etc. Note also LINK function.

Google Images Advanced Search - Consider using Images search to locate pictures, statistical tables, graphs, etc .

Google Scholar - Scholarly materials including articles, books, technical reports, and conference papers. Limit search to subject area(s), and also consider the "Citator" feature. In results list, note "Cited by" and NMU-specific links.

Google Alerts - E-mail updates of search results.

How to get more out of Google. Search tips.

SUMSearch 2 - searches a variety of web resources including PubMed and metasearch engines. Excellent medical-oriented limiting (filters).

USA.gov - Searches U.S. Federal & State Government web sites.

Search.com - Advanced search available, along with Research by Topic.

Dogpile Advanced Web Search - Provides results from Google and Yahoo.

Search Engines - Evaluative/Human-Powered Type ipl2- Maintained by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology and a consortium of members.

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