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Finding Books
Check library catalog - iLink - for books on your subject.

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Finding Articles
Locate an article either online or in the library’s print (periodical) collection. Go to journals to identify if the library ownsthe journal & the format - online or print.

Articles in online resources are the most current resource to obtain. Many databases offer not only an abstract of the article, but also full text or page image(pdf). Be advised not everything is available electronically.

It is important to write down or print out the complete citation:

  • title of the article
  • author(s)
  • journal name
  • date
  • journal volume, issue number
  • page numbers

This is the same information you will need for your reference list at the end of your paper.

Note: In online resources, many databases allow free email or free download of information. If you choose to download, you must bring a formatted disk.

Copying and printing at the Salmon Library costs $.10 per page black & white, $1.00 per page for color. Please bring small bills and/or change.

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Other Sources

The Internet gives the appearance of being a valuable and unlimited resource. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to locate specific information or to verify the information based on the authority of the person or group that authored the page. Use links provided by librarians, such as the ones listed under Library Guides to assist in evaluation of your sources.

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Evaluate
As a consumer looking for information, you must evaluate what you find just as you would evaluate merchandise before making a purchase. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is the information relevant to your topic?
  • Does the information appear to be accurate?
  • Can you identify the credibility of the author either by education or position?
  • How recent is the information, if that is critical to your research?
  • Are references that the author used listed?

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