Exploring Sage Knowledge

Open http://www.santarosa.edu/library/ in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.


This tutorial helps you find background information in Sage Knowledge e-books. These are a great place to start when you are just beginning to investigate a topic.

In this tutorial, you will learn to:

• Use basic keyword searches

• Investigate the qualifications of the authors or editors who are writing about the topics you are researching

• Use a variety of database features and tools

Tips for this tutorial

1) Keep your focus. Look for the "What's the point?" links throughout the tutorial.  Try the one below:

What's the point?

2) Move through the tutorial. Press the Next arrow to move forward. Press the Previous arrow to review earlier pages.

3) Answer the questions along the way.

4) Maximize your screen to fully see the tutorial. Watch for scroll bars and use them to see all information.

5) If you are working off campus you will need to sign in with your student ID and PIN in order to complete this tutorial.


Searching with Sage Knowledge

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On the library homepage, find the Research Support box and click on the link to Find E-Book Collections.


Click on the link for Sage Knowledge.

Covering a wide range of topics, Sage Knowledge is a collection of more than 350 encyclopedias and handbooks.

What’s the point?


QuestionSage subject encyclopedias are ideal for:

Searching with Sage Knowledge

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Locate the Search box and type in your search term. Make it simple.

Not sure what to search? Try one of these terms:

Global warming


Cell phone



Assessing Search Results

Take a closer look at your results. Identify the number of resources returned.

A typical web search can yield millions of results. Sage Knowledge helps you quickly pinpoint relevant articles, saving you time.

And unlike a typical web search, Sage offers many ways to refine your search.

Take a look at the right side of the search screen. There are options for refining by Type and Publication Date.

The Keywords on the right hand side of the search screen can also help refine your search.

What's the point?

Sage Knowledge allows you to refine your search by:



Evaluating Search Results

Explore one of the results by clicking on the title or book cover.

Is this information from an encyclopedia, dictionary, or  handbook?

HINT: The type of source is located right above the title, to the right of the picture of the book cover. Scroll up to the top of the webpage to find it.

Material Type Icons

  • Encyclopedias give information on many subjects or on many aspects of one subject and are typically arranged alphabetically.
  • Handbooks are manuals or reference books providing information or instruction about a specific subject or place.
  • Dictionaries lists the words of a language in alphabetical order and gives their meaning.

You can evaluate the authority of the source by researching its editors and authors.

Editors are responsible for fact checking and polishing the article. They are listed under the title of the encyclopedia. The authors, or writers, are listed under the title of the article.

Editors and Authors

Click on one of the editors to read about their qualifications. To research the article's author, you can do a quick Google search on their name.

What’s the point?

Features and Tools

1 of 2Sage Knowledge offers a number of features and tools to help you with your research.

Notice the Search within chapter. . . feature near the top of the article.

Search Within Tool

Using the Search within chapter. . . tool is an easy way to pinpoint specific words. Instead of scrolling through the entire article, you can jump directly to the relevant information.

Next, locate the Export citation feature at the top of the article.

Export Citation Feature

This tool can help you properly cite your source. Simply click the link and select the citation style of your choice. Be sure to check the citation for accuracy before including it in your final paper.

To ensure your citations are correct, use NoodleBib. You can find NoodleBib in the Research Support box on the Library's homepage.


Features and Tools

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Now take a look at the right side of the screen. The Related Keywords and Related Articles can help you locate additional information and explore different aspects of your topic.

Related Keywords & Articles

The See Also links and Further Readings at the very bottom of the article are another good way to locate related articles and information.

See Also Links

What’s the point?

In Sage, you can narrow or focus your topic by:

Get Credit for Your Work

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How does Sage Knowledge differ from Wikipedia?

Sage's encyclopedias are an efficient way to:

What tool helps you quickly pinpoint specific words within the text of an article?

How does Sage help cite your articles in APA or MLA style?

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