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Instead of Google try....

Do you have an assignment that says you must use a certain number of library resources?
There are lots of different sources of information.
Where do you start?
How do you choose?



Books
When and Why: Use books when you need a thorough and accurate understanding of a topic. (Keep in mind that books take at least a year to publish, so it's best to use articles when exploring recent events). Books are great choices for getting a deep understanding.
Think about it: how long is a book compared to a web page?

That's why your teacher may want you to start here instead.

Databases
When and Why:
When you need to find high-quality articles from a variety of scholarly journals, magazines or newspapers, databases are the most efficient way to search. Databases are huge collections of articles and other publications that have been carefully indexed to have searchable subjects and keywords. You can find practically any topic in databases, best of all, these articles have gone through a publication process, meaning that someone has read and evaluated them before printing them in a journal.
Think about things like FB, blogs, About.com and ask yourself: Who is the Internet's editor?

That's why your teacher may want you to start here instead.

Peer Reviewed or Scholarly Articles
When and Why: What does it mean when your teacher says you must use a 'Peer Reviewed' or 'Scholarly' article? Simply put, scholarly articles are the building blocks to scientific and academic progress. They typically meet extremely high standards for publication and are usually written by researchers / professors. These articles build on prior research to expand collective knowledge. Therefore, a scholarly article will always have a Reference page. Readers of peer-reviewed articles rely on the information to make pretty important decisions. 
Think about it: would you want your doctor to practice medicine based on information he got from Wikipedia?

That's why your teacher may want you to start here instead. (Search for 'scholarly articles').

Newspaper Articles
When and Why: Newspaper articles are great options for two things: researching recent events and covering very focused specific events. Using library newspaper databases is often a better choice than using the internet for newspaper articles because databases offer a more complete access.
Think about it: Have you ever clicked on an article via the internet and then got a pop-up asking you to pay for it? With library databases the access has already been paid for.

That's why your teacher may want you to start here instead.

Reference Articles
When and Why: Like Wikipedia, reference articles provide a basic overview of a topic. The‚Äč sources include dictionaries, handbooks and encyclopedias. They are good to use for a starting point for research and often give ideas for further search terms (keywords).

That's why your teacher may want you to start here instead.

Posters / Ephemera
When and Why:
Ephemera can be defined as paper- based or born digital material that is issued or is used for short time only, (like a poster). After it has been used, most ephemera gets thrown away. Ephemera is an important source of primary documentary evidence that can help researchers understand present and past society.

That's why your teacher may want you to start here instead.

DVDs
When and Why
: You may find one of the library DVDs a useful source of information. They are searchable on the library catalogue.

That's why your teacher may want you to start here instead.

Livebinders
When and Why: Livebinders are a new digital resource. They are put together especially at the request of your teachers. Each Livebinder is on a specific topic and contains a collection of digital resources, newspaper articles and other types of information to give you a start for research. They are searchable on the library catalogue.

That's why your teacher may want you to start here instead.



Adapted from Reynolds Library and used with permission.