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Astronomy Resources: Essay Research Sources

Use this guide to find appropriate, scholarly resources for your essay assignments.

Search Primo, NOT Google!

Discover books, journal articles, and more . . .

Primo is a one-search discovery service that provides you with access to many full-text electronic resources such as scholarly journal and magazine articles, newspaper articles and e-books. Primo also serves as the library catalog for MCTC Libraries and allows you to find print books, DVDs and other materials available within our campus libraries. You can search Primo 24/7 on any computer or device with Internet access to find a host of scholarly resources to use for you class assignments!* 

*For more information about accessing full-text electronic articles, e-books, videos and more, visit the "Off Campus Access Instructions" located under Help on the MCTC Library Homepage

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Can't get to the databases? Go to the Off-Campus Instructions library guide. 

NOTE: Students may see a login error when accessing electronic library resources. Often, this error occurs when using Google Chrome. This error is generally caused either by an expired authentication token or a prior sign-in attempt in progress. 

To avoid this error, you can close the browser and reopen it in a "private" or "incognito" window. It is recommended that college students and employees always use private browsing to access library electronic content. Using a browser other than Chrome may also prevent this error from occuring. You may also fix this problem by going to your browser settings to the search history and clear/delete the data from websites you have visited and clear the cookies saved in the history. Then, close the browser and reopen it. 

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism can be DELIBERATE or UNINTENTIONAL. Whenever you borrow words or ideas, you MUST acknowledge their source to give the author/creator credit and to respect their intellectual property!

The following situations almost always require citation:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work [also called "fair use" in copyright law], whether you give credit or not 

--excerpt from Plagiarism.org


For more help understanding plagiarism and citation for research papers, consult the library's Citation Guide.

Astronomy Journals Available Online

These are just a few journals that are searchable through the MCTC Library. You may find more resources sources within Primo (see box above) or by searching databases individually, such as EBSCOhost, Gale CENGAGE and ProQuest (see box to the left). 

For more assistance, Ask A Librarian