Pathfinder for successful research

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Catalog Searching

Go to the Kenton County Public Library website. Click on Catalog Search.  Type in your search term by title of book, subject, keyword or author and limit your search.  Look through your search results and select one.  If the material fits your research needs then you can place a hold on the item, click place hold and enter your library card number and your PIN (usually the last four numbers of your phone number or your birth year).  Select which Library you want to pick up your item (Covington, Durr or Erlanger) and click Submit. You can also access our e-book collection through our catalog, just look for (electronic resource) after the title of the item.


Click on E-Media. Click on Overdrive eBooks to check-out e-books or Reference & Research eBooks to search for articles in reference books. Both cover a wide range of topics. If you don’t find a book on your topic, ask us how to recommend e-books on Overdrive!


Click on Research & Learning.  These are the databases that the library subscribes to for library patron’s research needs.  You can click on alphabetical listing of resources if you would like.  Depending upon your research topic, you will have many databases to choose from.  You will need to enter your library card if you are outside a library building. Most databases have tools for you to find the MLA citation for any article you find. You can also print and email the articles.

Research Help Britannica Research Tools and Materials Britannica is a good source for getting a basic overview of your topic, finding quality websites and reviewing links to further reading. They have a specific site for research on countries.

Good general databases to search: All these resources have articles on a wide variety of subjects. Good for all research topics.

EBSCO Middle Search Plus

EBSCO Masterfile Premier

EBSCO Academic Search Premier

Opposing Viewpoints – focus on current events and topics with different viewpoints.

Based on your topics, these specialized databases may have sources for your research:

CultureGrams – Reports, statistics and information about all the world’s countries

Biography Reference Bank Select – for articles about famous or significant people

Animals Amazing Animals of the World &  Birds of North America

Using Primary Sources on the Web

Great source for understanding primary sources and website domains.


Take notes when you search. Write down the subjects and subject headings that best match your topic and ideas.

Overwhelmed by the number of results from your search?  It’s time to refine your search terms; so that you have limited your search to relevant sources.  Save your valuable time for writing the paper!

Be certain to have current sources on your topic, you do not want to use anything too dated if it is a timely topic. Once you’ve found a good, solid academic book or essay on your topic, you’re good to go — at the end there will be a list of dozens or hundreds of sources for you to look up.

Questions?  Just ask a librarian!

Contact Erin DeSantis, Covington Teen Librarian or Ann Schoenenberger, Digital Librarian   research

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