PATHFINDER General Reference Information


EJC – Electronic Journal Center@OhioLINK

This resource is accessed through the OhioLINK home page which is a link from the Pfeiffer Library home page.  The center has links to over 6,000 journals which are available in full text from several databases to which OhioLINK member libraries subscribe.  Your Tiffin University ID card, activated for use in the library, allows you to use this resource.


Tutorial and/or Study Help Web Sites

Calculus on the Web
Provides a huge assortment of guided practice problems.  Clearly organized and thorough.  Includes precalculus/calculus sequence content as well as linear algebra, number theory, and abstract algebra.

Easy-to-use tutorial in secondary level algebra.  Useful for further tutoring and practice in the topics presented but may not be useful for students learning the material for the first time.   Useful for college students in remedial programs or students wishing review.

Internet Tutorial
Basic explanation of the internet and the www.  Basics on how to use the internet, how to do research and what to look for to make the information usable for college level research.

A repository of free numerical, statistical, and parallel computing software/

Chicago Manual of Style
Chicago Manual of Style online guide

APA Style Guide
APA (American Psychological Association) Formatting and style guide.  This resource, revised according to the 5th edition of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. This website is developed by the Purdue University library staff. It is NOT the manual itself.  Be sure to consult your Tiffin University faculty members for local procedures.

MLA Style Guide
MLA (Modern Language Association) Formatting and Style Guide.  This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (2nd ed.) offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.  This website is developed by the Purdue University library staff.   It is NOT the manual itself.  Be sure to consult your Tiffin University faculty members for local procedures.

Internet Public Library
This site is a public service organization and a learning environment which includes, among a fount of information, an extensive ready reference section and subject collections.

Librarians’ Internet Index
This is a publicly funded website and newsletter which comes out every Thursday and features dozens of high-quality websites.  Topics include current events and issues.  There are over 20,000 entries organized into 14 main topics and nearly 300 related topics.

Search Engines & Site Verification
This site is actually a search engine that accesses several well-known search engines simultaneously.

These two sites help you learn how to spot fake sites
Checking this site will tell you who owns the site, a way of establishing validity.

Geospatial One-Stop
This site is a gateway to US government data.  It coordinates government-produced geospatial date.  It acts as a clearinghouse of local, federal and state online resources.

BRB’s Free Resource Center
This free portal to public records is an easy-to-use directory of links to free sites, reference material and vendors.  Users may locate resources for civil, criminal, driving and real estate records.

Using English: Resources for English as a Second Language
This site contains a large collection of ESL tools and resources for students, teachers, learners and academics.  Users may register (free) but a lot of information is also available if you choose not to.

Google Scholar
This site offers the same simple interface that has made Google a popular online search tool however Google Scholar provides valuable research results.  There are links to publications, archival material and peer-reviewed research.  It is not a replacement for specific indexes/databases but it can be an important part of a complete research strategy.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography              (primarily faculty interest)
This site presentsselected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic resources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the internet.  Most have been published between 1990 and the present.  Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the internet.

This is an MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian bibliography composer.  There is free software to help students with the research process.  On the main page under Free Software, click on the last offering - Noodle Bib Express


Databases – available through OhioLINK

All are available through:

Academic Search Premier
 (click on OhioLINK databases) - Index, abstracts, and full text for many scholarly publications covering all academic areas of study.

Lexis Nexis - Index and full-text of business news, facts, and events, 1994-2006.

General Databases

American Heritage Dictionary - Online dictionary.

Columbia Encyclopedia - An online encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Full text of the encyclopedia

.Oxford English Dictionary - Historical dictionary of the English language.                                                 
*Note:  The entire suite of Oxford Reference works can be found in the OhioLINK databases.