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Getting Started with Research

Background Information


Consult encyclopedias for topic overviews. Learn more about a topic at the beginning of your research process to explore sub-topics and ideas.

Research in Context
Articles, books, images, biographies, audio, video, magazines, newspapers, and primary sources.

Britannica Academic
Includes country data, media, and primary sources.

Points of View Reference Center
Controversial issues. Essays, articles from magazines and newspapers, government documents, and transcripts news reporting.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Controversial issues. Articles from academic journals, magazines, and reference books, audio of news reporting and interviews, videos, statistics, geographic data, and more.

Tool for researching quantitative data, statistics and related information. 


Print Books
Search for books in the Library's catalog. Also find print materials via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc.

  • Circulating Books: Located on the Lower Level. Check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks at a time with your FSC ID
  • Reference Books: Located on the First Floor. Must be used within the Library. Includes encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, test prep books, etc.

Search for ebooks via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc. View materials as a PDF and access from off campus with your FSC username and password.

Can’t find it?
If the Greenley Library does not have the book you need, make an Interlibrary Loan request (ILL) or ask a librarian.

Other sources:

WorldCat FirstSearch
Find books held by other libraries.

Public Domain materials

Search for digitized materials in the public domain (published pre-1923):
Internet Archive
Google Books

Citing Sources

Cite resources in the format required by your class. MLA format is typically used by liberal arts and humanities; APA format is typically used by the sciences and social sciences.



Why you need to cite sources:

  • Citing sources is the only way to use other people’s work without plagiarizing (i.e. if you are using any resource [journal article, book, website, report, interview, etc.], you NEED to give credit to the original source).
  • The readers of your work need citations to learn more about your ideas and where they came from.
  • Citing sources shows the amount of research you’ve done.
  • Citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.


Access NoodleTools

NoodleTools is a citation manager that can help you generate and format citations correctly.

  • Select the type of resource you are citing (article, book, website, etc.) and NoodleTools will prompt you to enter required information. A citation is then generated in your selected format (APA).
  • NoodleTools requires an account, so every time you log in your citations will be saved for you.
  • When you are finished entering information, a reference list can be generated for you and exported to MS Word or Google Docs.

Interdisciplinary Databases

Search databases to find a variety of sources, including:
Articles from reference sources, peer-reviewed journals, trade journals, magazines, newspapers, and other publications. Also find statistics, educational videos, audio recordings and transcripts, images, and historical documents. 

Academic Search Complete

Proquest Research Library

Gale Power Search

MasterFILE Premier


Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Current and controversial issues.

Newspaper Resources
A Greenley Library research guide for accessing newspaper articles.

Google Scholar

Use Search Everything or Journal Titles A-Z to find out if the Greenley Library holds these materials. If you cannot access an article, request via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or ask the Greenley Library for assistance.

Research Help

Have a question? Librarians are available to assist you during all open hours.

Email: reference@farmingdale.edu
Phone: 631-420-2184