Background Information - Searches best with single topics
Gale eBooks is a collection of full-text e-books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more.
CQ Researcher report is dedicated to a single topic and is researched and written by a journalist. Each report includes background and chronology, an assessment of the current situation, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of further reading.
Pro/Con Argumentative Essays - Searches best with single topics
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context) provides full-text articles and reference material on a wide range of social issues.
Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center contains issue overviews and controversial essays on multiple sides of current issues.
Articles - Newspaper, Magazine, Academic Journals - Searches best with narrow topics or combined topics
Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions. It includes articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.
ProQuest News & Newspapers
Provides full text coverage of thousands of U.S. and international newspapers. Includes the former ProQuest Newsstand collection, now named Global Newsstream.
Search Everything - Databases + Library Catalog
Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.
Note: Combined Search currently only shows content that is accessible online. The Library's physical collection is temporarily unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consider the source's –
A = Author - Who wrote this? Are they an expert? Do they have credentials?
P = Publication - Who published this? Are they well known or reliable? What is their mission? To entertain, inform, or persuade the reader?
P = Point of View - What is the purpose or point-of-view of the source? To inform, entertain, or persuade? Is there any bias? Do they present both sides of an issue?
S = Sources - Does the source cite their facts or have references? Where do they get their information? Are their references from trustworthy publications?
In our library instruction session on 11/27, we'll be evaluating the article “Juveniles Tried as Adults: What Happens When Children Go to Prison” by Caitlin Curley on GenFKD.com, which you can access here.
How Should I Search in a Library Database? (from Northeastern Illinois University)
Evaluating Sources for Credibility (from North Carolina State University)
Choosing and Using Keywords (from California State University - San Bernardino)
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