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Honors College: Getting Started

Resources to assist you in maximizing your college experience

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. 

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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!      

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Evaluating the Information that You Find

When you encounter any kind of source, consider:

  1. Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  2. Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  3. Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  4. Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  5. Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  6. Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?

 

Site Searches

Google Advanced Search Shortcuts

Use these two sites if you want authoritative information

Government Website Searches: transgender:.gov

Educational Sites Searches: transgender:.edu

PowerPoint Sites Searches:   transgender: .ppt