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Library Resources for Ms Lynch's FYS Class: FYS Library Activity for Ms Lynch's Class

Gus Grenadier wants to know!

If Gus Grenadier were to walk into our classroom right now and ask us the following question, what would we tell him, and what sources would we use to answer his questions?

 

Gus says:

 

"I want to know more about how to research career options. I don't think I want to be a school mascot forever, so where would I go to find reliable, scholarly information about different kinds of careers, whether people in those careers actually like those jobs, and what I can expect once I graduate and find a job in my field?"

 

Where would you start if you were to try to answer Gus's question?

Activity Instructions

To the right of this box are four linked information sources that may help us answer Gus's question. 

For Source #1, do the following:

Click the link, briefly search for information on your chosen career, and then answer the following questions:

1) What type of resource is this?  

2) Is the information credible?  Why or why not?

3) Would you use this source if you were writing a paper on this topic? Why or why not?

 

For Source #2, do the following:

Click the link, search for information on your chosen career, and then answer the following questions:

1) What type of resources did you find?   

2) Is the information you found credible?  Why or why not?

3) Would you use this source if you were writing a paper on this topic? Why or why not?
 

Library Tools to Help You Find Resources about your Career

  1. Occupational Outlook Handbook provides comprehensive overviews of hundreds of careers, including salary and educational preparation, about several professions. Do a keyword search to find an article about the career you're interested in.
  2. Business Source Premier is a database that contains scholarly and popular articles about business--including research on careers. You can search here to find articles about the career you're interested in. One search you might try is to use the keywords "career satisfaction" along with the career you're researching.
  3. IUCAT is the Library's catalog for finding books on your research topics.  For career information and advice in your chosen major or interest area, try using keywords like sociology degree AND career.   
  4. Career Insider  is an excellent resource for career and job search information, including insider intelligence on salaries, hiring practices and company cultures. You must create an account using your IU Southeast email address in order to access this toolDo a keyword search to find an article about the career you're interested in.