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Research Tips and Tools

Are you just getting started on your research?  Would you like help forming your research question, or evaluating your sources?  Visit the Research Tips and Tools Guide.

Online Research Tutorial

If you're not sure where to begin, take a look at our Online Research Tutorial!


Scholarly or Popular?

Do you want to know if your materials are scholarly or popular?

There are several different types of information.  This guide will help you determine what type of article you've found, or what you might need.

Background on a topic

Use the sources to find background information on your research topic, or reference information. These are also great resources to use if you're trying to select a research topic. These databases all provide credible information, however they are not scholarly journal articles. For scholarly articles try the sources listed in the box to the right.

  • Credo Reference
    Credo Reference is an online collection of many reference books covering a wide variety of subjects, with entries covering such subjects as medicine, art, technology, law and more, all aggregated and integrated in a robust search engine.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  
    An online full-text collection of valuable reference books in multiple subject areas; includes many multidisciplinary reference e-books, including some with primary source documents; can be browsed by subject or searched by keyword.
  • Sage eReference General Search
    Provides access to many encyclopedias in a variety of academic disciplines, including Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Social Issues, and Sociology.

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Scholarly articles/journals

Academic Search Complete searches scholarly journals and some popular news sources. For more advanced researchers, choose subject-specific databases from our subject-specific research guides.

  • Academic Search Complete  
    Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.


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    Newspapers and news magazines

    Begin your research by browsing newspaper stories past and present.  These databases are for newspaper articles and editorials. 

    • ProQuest Newsstand
      The core of the database is the Major Newspapers collection, which includes national and leading regional papers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, Barron's, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post.
    • Newspaper Source  
      Provides selected full text for 23 national and international newspapers and over 180 regional U.S. newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune back to 1997.

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