Choose a Topic
CQ Researcher and EDS Research Starters provide an overview of topics of high interest.
You can narrow your topic by focusing on a specific geographic region, time period, person or population, cause, correlation or effect.
Finding Books and Articles
Find BOOKS using the Library Catalog. Search by author, title or topic using keyword or browse.
Use EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service) to search the catalog and many of our databases simultaneously.
In either the catalog or bibliographic databases, you can refine your search using Boolean operators. Within the databases, you can limit the results by date, full-text availability and other limiters specific to an individual database.
Criteria for Evaluating Resources
You can evaluate electronic resources using the following test:
C - How Current is the work? Many academic disciplines concentrate on work done in the last 10 years. Those in technology and science may limit articles to the last 5 years.
R - Is the information Reliable? Does the information mesh with what you already know? Do at least two other sources corroborate the information? Is the argument presented logically and supported by evidence? Is the coverage of the topic complete?
A - Who is the Author? What credentials does he or she have? Is his work referenced by others in the field? Does she reference others in the field?
P - What is the purpose of the work? Is it meant to inform or to entertain? Is it scholarly or popular? What is the philosophy or bias of the author or publisher? (Consult the “About Us” section of websites for information.) Is the tone satirical? Who is the intended audience?
- Purdue OWL: Plagiarism Overview
- Purdue OWL: Best Practices to Avoid Plagiarism
- Purdue OWL: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Plagiarism
- Purdue OWL: Common Knowledge & Attribution
- Purdue OWL: Safe Practices: An Exercise
Tools include both print and online sources for MLA, APA, Chicago, and others.
Guides are research assistance, subject guides and useful resources compiled by your friendly Dupré Library librarians.