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IDS 201: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (Mann).: Welcome IDS Students

Resources for assignment on history of college majors

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MLA Style Quick Guides

Here are sources for citing using MLA style

APA Quick Guides

Here are sources for citing in APA style

Best online government source for careers

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A classic reference about occupations from A to Z. Compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes a description of the work, training and education needed.

O'Net Online

Free database providing information on hundreds of occupations along with Career Exploration Tools. Use the link to My Next Move to Use the Interest Profiler - complete a sixty-item questionnaire to find career options that match your interests/skills.


UNLV Libraries Career Resource Guide

Conducting Interviews

Investigating Your Major & Future Career--Print Sources


Books - information on majors and future careers 

Great Jobs for Anthropology Majors

Call Number:GN41.8.C35 2005

Great Jobs for Psychology Majors

Call Number:BF76.D44 2001

Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados & Other Multilingual Types

By Day, J. Laurence 

Call Number: P60 .D39 2008

McGraw-Hill's Careers for History Buffs & Others Who Learn from the Past 

By Camenson, Blythe  

Call Number: E175 .C33 2001


Web Resources on Academic Disciplines

History of academic disciplines; Business, Sociology, Psychology, Journalism, Hotel/Hospitality, Kinesiology and UNLV Colleges (Liberal Arts, Education, etc.)

Links to professional organizations

Evaluate website - is it credible?

Evaluate a website: Is it credible?

Things to notice:

  • Does the site have an author or organization responsible for content? If not, where and how does the site obtain their information?

  • Can you discover information about the author -  credentials, degrees, other published works, etc.

  • Does the site have a "last updated" notice? If not, how do you know if the material is current?
  • Does the site have advertising? This is often a red flag.
  • Is the site trying to sell something? Another red flag

Searching with Google

You can ask Google to search only for information from the government or universities or organizations - gov or edu or org.

For example, if your topic is the homeless in Nevada

For government information type: homeless Nevada

For non-profit organizations in Nevada type: homeless Nevada

For information from universities and colleges type: homeless Nevada

Type in keyword/s or topic space site colon period and either gov or org or edu


Tips to avoid plagairsim

Tips to avoid Plagiarism:

Whenever you use someone's ideas in a paper or project, it's important to give them credit by citing them. This short video will show the different ways to use other people's ideas in your projects and papers.

Make sure that you are using the appropriate citation style for your course work. More information about three main citation styles can be found on the tabs to the left of the screen. No matter the style, citations always have two parts. There is the in-text citation that identifies where you used someone's ideas in your work, and the full information about the source you used in the bibliography of your paper or project.

UNLV Main Site

Investigating Your Discipline, Career, & Major in Quick Search

Use Quick Search to find magazine and journal articles, newspapers stories and books.

Examples of Keyword Searches for Your Academic Discipline:

journalism and academic discipline

history and academic discipline

music and academic discipline


Examples of Keyword Searches for Your Major and/or Career:

music and careers

biology and careers

social work majors

anthropology majors


Investigating Your Discipline: Books

Investigating your major and career - Print Sources

Library Quick Search

The Encyclopedia of higher education / editors-in-chief, Burton R. Clark and Guy R. Neave
Call Number: LB15 E49 1992
Location: Lied Library Reference Dept, 1st Floor
(4 vols--Vol. 4 focuses on Academic Disciplines)

The Norton history of the human sciences / Roger Smith
(This book focuses on the history of Social Sciences)
Call Number: H51 S56 1997 (3rd floor, Lied Library)

Criminal justice research and practice : diverse voices from the field / edited by Susan L. Miller
Call Number:  HV6025 C735 2007 (4th floor, Lied Library)

The history of exercise and sport science / John D. Massengale, Richard A. Swanson, editors
Call Number: GV223 H57 1997 (3rd floor, Lied Libary)

You may want to search our databases, such as Academic Search Premier & JSTOR, along  with Google Scholar.

For example, use search words:

journalism and history and academic discipline

history and academic discipline

music and academic discipline 

African American studies and higher education

Some Sample Articles:

Skills Are Not Enough: The Case for Journalism as an Academic Discipline, Hugo de Burgh Journalism, Vol. 4, No. 1, 95-112 (2003)

Music as an Academic Discipline: Breaking New Ground by Straub NASSP Bulletin.1994; 78:30-33

Nursing: Whose Discipline is it Anyway? Nursing Science Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1, 55-62 (2004)

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