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Career Development Resources

This guide will provide you with both print and online resources about career development and how to find jobs in different career fields.

About Articles

Articles are generally shorter than books and usually focus on more specific topics. Articles published in different types of sources serve different purposes and are written with specific audiences in mind. Some library databases include articles from many of the following types of sources. Other databases are specialized by subject area or by type of source. 


Magazines are written for a general audience, although they may have a specific subject area. They are usually published weekly or monthly. Articles can range from brief news items to more in-depth thoughtful analysis and commentary. 


Newspapers are usually published daily or weekly. They are good sources for the latest news about current events. Most newspapers have a separate editorial or opinion section (often abbreviated Op-Ed), which can be useful for finding different points of view. Newspapers often have a local focus on the city or region where they are published.


Journals can be highly technical in language and concepts and are about the latest findings in a field. They often include original research and are written by scholars, scientists, or other experts. Many journal articles are peer-reviewed, meaning they have undergone rigorous evaluation by a panel of other scholars or researchers. 

Trade or Professional Publications

Trade or professional publications fall in between the technical level of journals and magazines. They typically include articles of interest to people in a particular trade, profession, or industry. 

Useful Databases to Learn About Careers

Career Journals Online

Search Strategy: Keyword Searches

Keyword Searching is a very effective way to search in databases. When searching, do not use phrases. Instead, take out the keywords or main words out of the phrase and connect them with the word "AND."

For example, do not search for "what is some advice for people interested in nursing careers?" Search instead for: 

nursing career* and advice

Sometimes you may also may want to truncate a keyword with and asterisk (*). This will retrieve words that start with the indicated letters and have any ending up to 5 more letters. For example:

employ* will retrieve employ, employee, employeesemployment, etc.

NOTE: Results from a keyword search will help you identify subject headings describe your topic. Examine the detailed record of a search result that works for your topic to find its subject headings. You can then use these headings to search for your topic in Search It! or the Classic Catalog more efficiently. Questions? Ask a Librarian.

Subject Searches

Subject searches use specific predefined or “controlled vocabulary.” Each database creates a customized list (aka a thesaurus) of words to tag similar information. By using Subject assigned terms, you will be able to find materials that may use historic terms, synonyms, regional spellings, and other variations of a topic. Subject searches look only in the Subject Headings or descriptor field for those specific terms. If you do not know specific Subject terms, you will not get effective results. Often you can discover Subject terms from the results of a keyword search.  

The Library of Congress Subject Headings (LC Subject), used in all library catalogs, was designed to address the choices between variant spellings of the same idea, scientific and popular terms, and synonyms. The best way to find specific Subject terms is to start with a keyword search and use the search results to find what controlled vocabulary the database uses for your topic.

For Example: A keyword search for steroids in the library classic catalog finds a book called:

Examine the record for this book to discover the LC Subjects headings associated with this book to do an effective subject search on your topic. This example has two associated LC Subject headings; always to try the first one listed.

Search Limits and Advanced Searching

Search Limits

Search Limits allow you to narrow your searches either to availability of articles or article type or date of publication. Search limits can be found beneath the search boxes on both Basic and Advanced Searches, though Advanced Searches may give you more limits to work with.

  • The Full-text limit is very useful, as selecting it ensures that you will only see articles on your result page which have the complete text of the article included. Unless you are required to find everything out there is published on a given subject, this limit should be applied every time you search.
  • Date limits may also be useful if your instructor has asked that articles to be no older than a certain date, though databases generally start with showing the most recent articles and work backwards anyway.
  • The Scholarly Journals or Peer-Reviewed Journals limit may be useful too, if those are the only type of articles you wish to see. Gale databases, though, generally though categorize articles according to type (see the tabs at the top of results pages on Gale Databases).

Advanced Searching

Advanced Searching is an excellent option to switch to before even beginning a search. In an advanced search, generally, the database provides several search boxes already connected with the word "AND" and often presents even more limit options.

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000