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Types of Information Sources
Information is published in a variety of platforms, for many different types of audiences, and purposes. On this page, you will find access to background resources that give a general overview of topics. Encyclopedias, newspaper articles, small-business collections, and more. Other sources are placed here for the purpose of discovery. Patents filed with the federal government to protect new ideas or mechanisms to resolve identified problems can be found at the USPTO. This discovery process will spur your creativity as you explore.
Research: 24/7, Anyplace, Any Device
When accessing the databases off-campus, use your 14-digit library card number, which you can find on the back of your student ID. If you do not have a library account you may request one at this link: Get a Library Account The library account number will also be needed when requesting books from the Library Catalog. See Finding Books below.
Background information is the beginning of all research. Learn about your topic in Credo Reference a subject-specific encyclopedia and dictionary database. Use the MindMap function to see related terms, keywords, and people surrounding your topic.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
USPTO grants patents for the protection of inventions and trademarks. This platform can be used to search for patents and to discover the applications for the invention. View the US Patent for a portable water purifier. This patent is one of 345 patents found when entering search query:
("portable water" AND health)
This is the search engine for the vast resources of the federal government. Interested in a water treatment project? See what is out there by placing "water treatment patent" as a search string in the prominent search box on this page. Discover Water Research and Technology resources or the Office of Scientific and Technical Information pages, just to name a few!!
Small Business Reference Center
Features some 400 full-text periodicals, over 450 full-text reference books, videos, and business plans for starting and running a small business.
Google Scholar Guide
Google Scholar is another search tool for locating scholarly content. This guide will explain how to adjust the settings to find links to LSC content and use GS in more depth.
US Major Dailies
US Major Dailies provides access to The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. The content is available by 8am each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1985.
New York Times: Create Your Account
Use your Lone Star email address to create an account via this link. Once you've made an account, you can go straight to the regular NYT site (nytimes.com) and log in as if you were a paying subscriber.
Regional Business News
Daily international newswires and regional business publications, including news articles, trade publications, and radio/tv transcripts.