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Distance Learners: Credible Sources

This guide outlines library services and resources for distance learners at the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library

To Find Credible Sources...


You can find valid, accurate, and credible sources for a variety of topics in the resources we've listed here.

Remember that your research and presentations will be viewed by instructors and peers who are expecting to see academic resources, and not just information you found using Google which are questionable and often times may lack credibility or factual correctness.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

Use this resource to find general information.

4) Find Images

If you need to have images for your presentation, there are very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

Where to Start...

For background information, start in Google but don't stay there.undefined

The library's database and one stop research tool, Credo Reference Online searches several of our databases and catalog simultaneously. Do not use Credo Reference for in-depth research. Credo is our academic Google!  

       Try the Mirror Effect




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Site Searches

Google Advanced Search Shortcuts

Use these three sites if you want authoritative information

Government Website Searches:

Educational Sites Searches:

PowerPoint Sites Searches:   transgender: .ppt