Not all resources are created equal! Because anyone on the Internet can make any claim, it is important to check your resources. It is your responsibility, as a researcher, to make sure your resources check out.
There are many resources that Google does not or cannot find. Many scholarly articles -- the articles written by your professors and professionals in the field -- are hidden behind a paywall.
Use the following guidelines -- called the CRAAP test -- to help you figure out whether or not a source is reliable, relevant, and trustworthy. You should be able to find answers to most, if not all, of the questions below.
There are many videos to watch, too -- see the end of the guide. Librarians love making videos about the CRAAP test!
All of these resources listed below can be accessed through the Libraries' main page. The Libraries pay for subscriptions to many journals and databases, which gives you access to many resources that are otherwise behind a paywall for folks without access to a major research library.
When you start your research with the Library, you are also starting in the right place, which saves you time!
Legislation and Policy:
Encyclopedias (background information):
White papers can be difficult to locate -- there is no single database that collects white papers! A search using the Libraries' Discovery Service is one way to find White Papers, and Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers methods for how to write a white paper.
These help you manage the resources you find, and write bibliographies for your papers.
Concept maps help you make a plan, and help you visualize your thoughts!
Try using one of these tools to manage your work.
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