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Where to Start...
For background information, start in Google but DON'T stay there. Searching in Google Scholar you may get full text articles but sometimes it requires a subscription. Google Scholar only searches a fraction of the published scholarly literature.
The library database, Credo Reference Online, will search several of our databases and catalog simultaneously. Do not use Credo Reference for in-depth research. Credo is our academic Google!
Evaluating the Information that You Find
When you encounter any kind of source, consider:
- Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view?
- Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
- Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
- Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
- Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
- Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?
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