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A variety of career resources that are available at the Cerritos College Library
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What Do You Know?

You probably already know a little something about the topic you chose, but it's important to find out more in order to write an intelligent research paper and/or make a good argument. 

Ask yourself:

  • What do I know?
  • What can I find out?

Reference resources help you find out more!

Library Research Guides lead you to the best resources to use when searching for information on your topic.

Always check to see if there's a Research Guide on your topic.


    Quick Tips

      • Look up your keywords in the indexes to subject encyclopedias.

      • Read articles in these encyclopedias to set the context for your research.

      • Note relevant items in the bibliographies at the end of the encyclopedia articles.

      • Additional background information may be found in your lecture notes, textbooks, and reserve readings.

                Quick Links

                Here are a few library resources to help you gather background information for your topic:

                • Issues & Controversies  Icon
                  Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.
                • A-Z Research Guides
                  An A-Z list of all research guides created by Cerritos College Librarians.

                Understanding Your Topic - Where to Look

                Reference Sources   person with a book head

                Once you have chosen a topic for your paper, use general reference sources to get background information on your topic. Reference books such as the encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks, and the current issue titles are a good starting point for your research because they help you become better acquainted with your topic.

                See the lists below for some selected reference sources available online and in print. Ask a librarian if you need help finding more resources.

                Online reference resources require login for off-campus use.  Enter your Cerritos College login when prompted.  For more login information see the Database Login page.

                Selected Library Reference Sources - Online

                Here are some of the library's online reference resources which can help you get some background information on your topic.  These resources are available on and off campus.

                • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
                  Everything you need to plan your career. Contains articles, sample resumes and cover letters, a career interest assessment, and videos.
                • Gale Virtual Reference Library  Icon
                  Provides access to the content of more than 270 reference sources in a database format for multidisciplinary research.

                Selected Library Reference Sources - Print

                Here are some reference books that are located in the library's Reference area. Although they cannot be checked out, students are able to photocopy pages.

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                The Almanac of American Employers
                Call Number: REF HF5382.75.U6 A45 2011
                ISBN: 9781593921828

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                Best Jobs for the 21st Century
                Call Number: REF HF5381.15 .F37 2009
                ISBN: 9781593575366

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                Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance
                Call Number: REFDESK HF5381 .E52 2011
                ISBN: 9780816083138

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                Careers in Environment & Conservation - Salem Press (Editor); Michael Shally-Jensen (General Editor)
                Call Number: REF GE60 .C375 2014
                ISBN: 9781619255357
                Publication Date: 2014-10-01

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                Job Hunter's Sourcebook - Gale (Editor)
                Call Number: REF HF 5382.75 .U6 J63 2010
                ISBN: 1414490348

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                Occupational Outlook Handbook
                Call Number: REFDESK HF5382.5.U5 O23 2016-17
                ISBN: 9781601758040

                Kanopy Streaming Videos

                Here are some of the library's online streaming video resources which can help you gather background information on your topic.  These resources are available on and off campus.


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