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To access the "subject guides," use the tab in the center of the home page, select your subject, and click "Go."
Principles of searching
Assignment Calculator: http://library.csueastbay.edu/calc/freecalc/index.php
Owl at Purdue: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
Find and Evaluate
Questions to help you evaluate: Evaluating Print & Other Resources or Evaluating Web Resources
How do you distinguish between fact and opinion? Primary and secondary sources? See Information Types
In addition to Citation tutorials (see below under Citation), there are other tutorials about forming research questions, topic development, and other topics. Click on the "Tutorials" link in the left navigation bar.
NOTE: about Wikipedia: as anyone can change wikipedia, this is NOT authoritative, no matter how useful it is. You need to verify the information you find there in another source.
If you don't have a specific title, you can start with a Word Search. We can
For print books, you can look on the shelves. To do that, you need three elements:
Subject database examples: ERIC (Education), America: History and Life, Web of Science, Sociology Abstracts, Sport Discus
Use the "Subject Guides" to find the databases to use. Base it on your topic, not your class.
If you are in an English class, but writing about the Civil War, you would use a history database.
Some databases have full text, some have some full text, some have no full text.
Use SFX or Find text to see if the full text for something you want is in another database.
Click on the title to read an abstract or summary of what's in an article.
Like wikipedia, things can change in an instant and many sites are not reliable, so evaluate and verify information in another source. http://www.usa.gov. This allows you to search for various types of federal documents.
For the state of California, see http://www.ca.gov/
View the tutorials on citation (see the left navigation bar under tutorials)
For books, search your book in http://www.worldcat.org, click on the title link in the results page and use "cite/export" to find your citation. Be sure you have the right edition.
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