Prairie State’s library has a great resource, our subject guides. You can find the link on the library homepage, library.prairiestate.edu. Then click on subject guides. (To see any of the pictures below larger, just click on them, and they will open up in a new tab as a larger view).
Then it will open up this page.
From here you can see information about the library on the left, guides by subject in the middle, and an alphabetical list of the guides on the right hand side.
You can also find general information about our collection such as how to start your research, books, and databases, on the top tabs.
The guides are a great way to find databases, books, and websites recommended by the librarians about your subject or class. You can start with the subject-specific databases to search for articles or check out the books to begin your research. They can also be helpful as supplemental sources or for books that are on a topic you might be interested in.
For example, the show Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson is premiering this Sunday at 8pm CST on FOX and other channels. IMDB describes it as “a documentary series that explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.” Maybe you want to look up some information about astronomy beforehand to get an idea of the basics, or afterwards to understand what was talked about on the show. There are some great journals and websites listed, as well as a few basic books.
Cosmos is a follow-up to the very famous Cosmos with Carl Sagan from 1980 that is still the “most widely watched PBS series in the world” according to the linked Wikipedia page. If you haven’t seen this original series, I highly recommend it. It’s currently available on Netflix. Again, IMDB gives a good summary of what topics Sagan covered.
Subject guides are regularly updated and are a great place to begin your research, especially when you don’t have access to a librarian.