Before you search for articles or books in the libraries, you should identify your research topic, define major concepts or keywords of your topic, and think of synonyms or related terms.
In the Library Catalog and in Article Databases construct a keyword search using Boolean Operators (AND, OR and NOT)
Tutorials and guides on various search strategies
Search Strategies from Arizona State University
How to Generate Keywords from University of Texas at Austin
When it comes to research, you need to use authoritative sources that support your arguments.
Criteria used to evaluate books, periodical articles, or web sources are similar
Guides on How to Evaluate
Search for the title of the journal (not the title of the article) in Journal/ eBook Finder to see if the journal is available electronically or in print.
It is crucial that you cite your sources to give credit to the author you are referring to. Failing to do so will result in Plagiarism.
For sample styles, check the manuals at the Reference Desks or look at some samples from other universities.
For writing styles, automatic citation generators, or citation management softwares, check Cite Your Sources guide.
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