Research Starting Guide
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Our goal is to introduce you to the best sources of information from databases that offer information on almost any topic!
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Student Research Center BEST BET for Hot Topics!
Great database for Speech and popular publications for English research. Includes articles, pictures, biographies, country reports, news, transcripts, and e-books! Good source of basic statistics. Includes: photos and maps
SIRS Researcher (Tutorial) TIP: Popular magazines and news ONLY
Includes a list of suggested ethical/opposing topics. Also includes country reports. Summaries includes good information for Speech attention/motivators. Includes: charts, graphs and pictures, and maps.
eLibrary Curriculum (Tutorial) TIP: Popular magazines and news and scholarly
A smaller database that includes biographies, NPR, news and TV transcripts, magazines, and e-books. One of the best sources for pictures since it includes many Getty Images. Includes charts, graphs, and short video clips.
Academic Search Complete TIP: Best for getting both scholarly and popular!
One of our largest database when combined using the CHOOSE DATABASES link. Articles from over 4,000 newspapers and magazines. TIP: click CHOOSE DATABASES (above the search box) and then click "select all > ok" to search over 10,000 publications! Includes: limited pictures
The DATABASES tab offers a longer list of databases to choose from.
BOOKS & eBOOKS: will help you find and offer tips on using print, reference and online books.
Gale Virtual Library searches your topic from over 50 different online reference books. Subjects include: science, religion, business, and more.
WEB SITES: gives you tips on how to evaluate information on the web - check out some of the examples. Are these credible sources or not? How can you determine this?
STEPS in WRITING A PAPER: walks you through the steps on how to research - from how to pick a top to turning in your paper! It will also give you tips on organizing a paper and giving credit to your sources.
GIVING CREDIT: MLA, APA, CHICAGO: offers examples and tutorials on how to give credit to your sources. NoodleTools will help you with this!
TIP: This section includes NoodleTools tutorials.
PLAGIARISM: What is it? How can I avoid it?
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APA, MLA or Chicago
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