Not finding what you need?
Having trouble using the library databases?
Then it’s probably time to ask a librarian for some help.
Tim Aman, SCC Librarian
Is this your first time doing research? Just follow these eight steps.
make sure you understand the assignment
clearly state your topic
think about the search words you will use
select the library research databases you will use
search for and select your sources
collect the citations for your MLA Works Cited
take notes from your sources
create your presentation
The purpose of this research guide is to help students in Molly Popchock's ESL class find credible and academic information sources. This guide will suggest useful sources, search techniques and evaluation methods for researching your topic.
When searching for information consider trying related words. For example, when researching country migration patterns you might try using these words:
LIBRARY RESEARCH DATABASES - include features to create MLA citations automatically.
Reference Books (including encyclopedias) - concise, general background information; articles often written by experts who are university professors
Periodicals - magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals
Here's an example of a search in the Academic Search Complete database:
Cultures & Countries
Spokane Multicultural Facts
Creator’s Last name, First name. “Title or description of the digital image.” Title of the website, Publication date, URL.
Al-Rubaye, Ahmad, “The photo shows Iraqi schoolgirls in one of the many temporary schools built after the end of the war.” Mufta, 27 May 2013, muftah.org/bombs-backpacks-education-in-iraq/#.WYoQUGffOw8.
McGonigal, Jane. “Gaming and Productivity.” YouTube, uploaded by Big Think, 3 July 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkdzy9bWW3E.
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:
global immigration trends site:.gov
honduras and migration site:.edu