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Finding Resources

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Galvin Library

on 11 September 2015

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Transcript of Finding Resources

Finding Resources
Types of Sources
Scholarly journal articles


Government documents

Newspaper or Magazine articles

Websites (.gov .edu .org)

Scholarly Journal Articles
Scholarly journal articles, conference papers, book reviews and other scholarly information

Online search tools: Search function

You can download full text articles.

The internet is best for
Non-academic and General searches

Entertainment, Leisure related information, Directory information (phone numbers, addresses)

Current and popular news

Communicate with your friends: facebook, blog, twitter…

A good way to start: get a main idea or topic, related terms and information
When should I use websites?
The name of the journal is scholastic
The article is peer reviewed
The article is long
The article contains reference sources
The author of the article has authority in the field

Wikipedia articles are not scholarly sources.
Main points may not be in the first paragraph.

Other Countries
Main points in the first paragraph.

The U.S.
References are required.

Require a lot of research work.

Always cite your sources!

What is plagiarism?
“Plagiarism is the act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person.” (Merriam-Webster dictionary)

Using someone's exact words, use “” and a citation.

Paraphrasing or summarizing

Stating ideas or research specifically attributed

CRAP test
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