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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 using open access sources beyond the library databases. If you're not sure you've used the library databases effectively be sure to ask a librarian for assistance.
When Googling always evaluate your search results. Make sure you only use information that is credible and appropriate for college-level research. On this page you will find a very useful three minute video about "Evaluating Sources for Credibility" created by librarians at North Carolina State University.
Try limiting your Google search to a particular domain (such as .edu or .gov, which are restricted domains). You may find more reliable information. For example:
"climate change" site:.edu
"human organs" animals site:.gov
Examples of Specialized Databases:
All SCC Students, Staff, and Faculty have full access to Spokane Public Library resources, including ebooks, e-audiobooks, streaming videos, digital magazines, and much more.
Find more information on our guide to Accessing Spokane Public Library Resources.