Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies (LACAS)

Citation Help

Organizing Your Research Paper

The Research Project Calculator is an online tool that helps you set a schedule for your paper. Enter the day you will start it, the day it's due, and you will get a suggested timeframe for each step. Click on each step (Selecting Your Topic, or Find Articles) and you'll get great tips for using the Binghamton University Libraries to help you write your paper.

Finding Books

When you search in Find It!, you're searching in the Library Catalog, Local Digital Collections (Special Collections' Digital Materials and Binghamton University-created materials), and a mega-index of scholarly e-resources including articles, book reviews, ebooks, and more. You can refine your search with the limiters on the left side of the search results page. These include such limiters as date ranges, location, subject headings, and languages.

To search for books in Find It!, follow these steps:

  1. On the Libraries’ website, click Advanced Search on the Find It! tab.
  2. For search scope, select Library Catalog.
  3. For material type, select Books.
  4. Enter your search terms.
  5. Click Search.

Steps for searching for books in Find It! (1) On the Libraries' website, click Advanced Search on the Find It! tab. (2) For search scope, select Library Catalog. (3) For material type, select Books. (4) Enter your search terms. (5) Click search.

Using Find It! for Journal Articles

Searching for articles using Find it! has lots of benefits:

  • Allows for searching across journals and other materials arranged around related subjects and themes.
  • Quickly search for items by subject headings or descriptors to allow for more targeted results.
  • Advanced search screens allow for combining multiple search terms using AND, OR, and NOT for better results
  • Can often combine databases to allow keyword searching across more than one discipline
  • When articles are not available full-text in the database, use Get It! to see if the article is available full-text in print or in another database
  • If the full-text is not available, use Get It! to submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for the article so we can get it for you from another library

Subject Librarian

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Jen Embree
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(607) 777 - 4911