This is an engraving from Utopia
by Thomas More published in 1516
N.N., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
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The purpose of this research guide is to help students in Janelle Cordero's ENGL 102 class find credible and academic information sources on utopias/dystopias and themes related to the readings. Here are some core library research databases that will be helpful for most topics. Ask a librarian if you have trouble selecting the best databases for your particular topic.
Scholarly Encyclopedias - concise, general background information; articles often written by experts who are university professors
Periodicals - magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals
Other Specialized Databases - here are some examples of specialized databases that you may find useful depending on your topic
Other Databases on the Open Web - these aren't library databases but they do contain extensive and credible information
Note: Evaluating information can be more complicated than answering these simple questions. If you need help thinking through the evaluation process, ask a librarian or your instructor.
Try limiting your Google search to a particular domain (such as .edu or .gov which are restricted domains). You may find more reliable information. Here are a couple of search examples:
"climate change" site:.edu
"human organs" animals site:.gov