Your assignment is to find an article.
What should you do now...?
First, read the Assignment Instructions to find out what type of articles and sources are required for your research.
Which kind of article has your professor asked you to find?
This short video from the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) discusses how to know if you are looking at a scholarly, peer-reviewed, academic journal article.
I should use peer-reviewed journals, also referred to as "academic journals" or "scholarly journals" if I want :
Here's more information about how and why to use Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles.
I should use an encyclopedia if I want :
The library provides access to high-quality, specialized Encyclopedia articles through the CREDO Reference Database.
(Many professors recommend that you start your research by reading an encyclopedia article on your topic to get a good overview of the topic. Not a bad idea!)
I should use a book if I want:
(You can't go wrong with a good well-researched book on your topic.)
Find books in MoeCat (the library's catalog).
Go to the best source for the type of information that you want.
Some suggested websites:
I should use the Internet if I want :
- information that is really hard to find anywhere else (for example: single-subject websites, like graphs.net for infographics, or childhealthdata.org for information on health issues affecting children).
- the very latest information on my topic (but I must always check the dates posted)
- opinions from different people or organizations about my topic (for example, ProCon.org for both sides of many current topics).
- a great variety of information from people, businesses, organizations, and even some reference books.
Be careful to evaluate any websites for quality of the information they offer. In general, non-commercial websites (those ending in .edu or .org. or .gov, for example) will be more informative than commercial (.com) websites.
(When you use the Internet, you should always try to find out who posted the information and how much they know about the topic. Are they experts in their field, or are they students? Are they giving facts or are they giving their own opinion?)
*Source : Adapted from a guide developed by Connie Zack, Library Media Specialist, Cole Junior High, East Greenwich, RI.