Reference databases are
A great place to start your research
Provide definitions, introductory information, facts, vocabulary/keywords, names
Preferred over Wikipedia by your instructors
Include citations for your bibliography!
Collection of encyclopedias, reference databases, issue topic databases
Articles are a great source for more specific questions. For example, turn to them for examples of wellness behaviors. At BC3, the primary databases for search wellness or health topics would be EBSCOhost's MasterFile Premier and Health Source databases.
If you need to find scholarly journal articles for your research project, then your best best for wellness topics are the following databases.
Books are an excellent source for both general and specific topics. They provide a greater depth of information. You might find an entire book helpful or simply use a chapter. Use the BC3 Library Catalog to find both print books and online ebooks. If you only want ebooks, you can search those collections individually.
Use it to find books, ebooks, DVDs in the library's collection
or browse our A-Z list of databases.
Whenever you use an idea or information from a source, you need to cite it within the text of your paper as you write it. In MLA style, this is usually done by inserting a parenthetical citation at the end of the sentence in which you used the source. Within the parentheses, you should include the author's (or authors') last name and the page number. If there is no page number, such as for a website, then just list the author. If there is no author, list the title in quotes.
(Johnson and Novak)
("Lowering Blood Sugar")
For more information, see the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
In MLA style, a complete citation for each of the sources that you use needs to be listed at the end of the paper on a separate page title, "Works Cited." The citations should be listed alphabetically by the last name of the first author. If there is not author, then use the first word of the title (excluding articles like "the" or "a"). Here is a link to a basic MLA style guide.
MLA Style Guide
For additional information, see the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue.
If you are viewing an article citation in a database or website, look for a PDF full text icon or link. PDF is the preferred format over Html (web format) because it will look like the print version and it will usually have pagination, which is helpful for citing.
If the full text is not freely available, you can request articles through the BC3 Library's document delivery service. We will try to get it for you from another library and then email it to you. On average, this will take about a day.
Request this item.
Search the BC3 Library Catalog by the Journal Title (NOT the article title) to see if we have a subscription to the journal. The catalog will link you to the database or web site if we have online availability. It will also show if there is a print copy in the library.