Not finding what you need?
Having trouble using the library databases?
Not sure which search words to use?
Then it’s probably time to ask a librarian for some help.
Tim Aman, Reference Services Librarian
The purpose of this research guide is to help students in Janelle Cordero's ENGL 101 class find credible and academic information sources. Your assignment asks that you identify a social issue that is "relevant, controversial, and timely." You will write a narrative that merges information on the social issue with a fictional character that you create. This guide will suggest useful sources, search techniques and evaluation methods for researching your social issue.
Scholarly Encyclopedias - concise, general background information; articles often written by experts who are university professors
Periodicals - magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals
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:
"educational equity" site:.edu
"human trafficking" site:.gov