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The purpose of this research guide is to help students in Stephanie Owing's ENGL 101 class find credible and college-level information sources. This guide will suggest useful sources, search techniques and evaluation methods.
When you're not sure how to select the best library databases for your topic.
When you need help identifying search words
When you aren't sure if your source is sufficiently credible and academic for the assignment
When you've found an interesting citation but can't find the full text
When you've spent a lot of time searching without good results
When you're feeling frustrated
Questions about research, citation, login, or other?
Contact a librarian any time!
Visit during library hours
Schedule meeting (F2F;Zoom)
LIBRARY RESEARCH DATABASES
Periodicals - magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals
Reference Books - articles from scholarly encyclopedias can help you narrow your topic
eBooks - browsing a book's Table of Contents can give you ideas for narrowing your topic
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:
"school funding" "academic achievement" site:.edu
"first generation college students" site:.gov
For tips on how to find credible information on the Open Web see this SCC Library Research Guide:
This infographic was developed by librarians at IUPUI (Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis).
Detailed description of "Developing a Research Question" from the IUPUI librarians.