You’ll get better grades and learn more if you use high-quality dependable sources of information. If you’re not sure whether or not you should use a particular resource, ask yourself the following questions.
This front-and-back handout briefly describes how to search our most popular and largest databases at the same time. Follow the instructions to find articles that originally were published in newspapers, magazines, and/or scholarly journals.
How to determine whether or not an article is reporting the findings of original scientific research. Lists characteristics of most scientific papers, including easily-recognizable subsections such as "Methodology."
Some students question the need for Library databases, thinking that they can find all the resources they need using a search engine like Google. This handout summarizes 7 good reasons why students need databases too.
Everyone knows how useful Wikipedia can be when beginning a research project, but since anyone can edit the articles, it can be problematic for academic use. This handout outlines both "good" and "bad" academic uses of Wikipedia.