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Library Research at Winthrop: Find

Find different resources

Library resources are organized so they are easily found. Here are many of the resources you will use at Winthrop

  • Library OneSearch: Search through many of our print and electronic resources at once!
  • Databases: electronic articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers
  • Journals: print and electronic. You will find most of the scholarly and peer-reviewed article within a journal. Journal articles can be found in our databases.
  • Subject Guides: see the newest and best of what we have on many subjects
  • PASCAL Delivers and ILL: borrow materials from libraries across the state..for free!
  • WorldCat: see what resources are held by others libraries around the world

Research Jargon

There are a lot of words that you will hear and say "what does that actually mean?" Here are some explanations:


Peer-Review (Refereed): The process an article may go through prior to being published. Peer-review involves multiple experts in a particular field reading an article, making comments and suggestions, and sending back to the author for revision. Not all articles are peer-reviewed.

Scholarly: An article whose intended audience is experts in their field and is written by experts. While most scholarly publications are peer-reviewed, they are not always. However, if an article is peer-reviewed, it is typically scholarly.

Popular: Articles that are published without going through the peer-review process. They are typically written for the general public. Examples of resources that offer popular articles include The New York Times, Time, and People. Popular articles may be edited, but this is not the same as peer-review.


Primary Sources:  are immediate, first-hand accounts of a topic, from people who had a direct  connection with it.

Secondary Sources:  are one step removed from primary sources, though they often quote or otherwise use primary sources. They can cover the same topic, but add a layer of interpretation and analysis.

How to find database articles

The best way to find  databases for your subject matter is by using our Research Guides. They offer specific information, search strategies, and much more on many different topics.

Research Guides by Subject

If you want to take a dive into a database, you can find them all here!

Dacus Library Databases

We have an extensive list of over 170 databases with millions of articles for you to find!

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Resources for Finding Books and More

Search the Winthrop Online Catalog to find the locations and call numbers of millions of Cornell books (as well as lots of video, audio, microforms, maps, serials, and manuscripts).

Library of Congress Call Numbers

We use Library of Congress call numbers to shelve our books and bound periodicals. For a brief introduction, ask at reference for our Library of Congress Classification handout or see this web site: Library of Congress Classification Outline.

To find books outside Winthrop, Check out this Guide about our Interlibrary loan options