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WR 122 - Tillinghast-Voit: Find Resources

Find Sources on Your Topic

STEP THREE: Find potential resources on your topic

Now you need to start finding resources that you could use for your paper. Ideally, the resource will help you establish the importance of your issue or prove the point you are trying to make. Don't limit yourself to websites -- a quality paper will use a variety of resources, including peer-reviewed articles.

 

NoodleTools

NoodleTools helps you write citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago format. It also has tools to create notecards, draft an outline of your paper and keep track of "To Do" tasks. Citations can be exported directly to your Google Drive, or to Word or other formats.

 

Find Sources on Your Topic

Remember the Annotated Bibliography asks you to evaluate sources using these criteria:

  1. Authority and credentials of the author(s): Does the author or sponsoring organization have the background to speak with authority on this subject? Describe the author’s expertise.
  2. Reliability of information: Does the information seem complete, reliable, and accurate? What evidence indicates this source been reviewed by others in that professional field?
  3. Potential biases: Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda? Are opinions easy to identify?
  4. Currency of the source: How up-to-date are the citations? Is older information helpful to your argument?
  5. Reasoning & Validity: Does the writing support its central point with credible reasoning, sound logic and fact? Do the facts you have cited support your point or claim? Will you be able to explain this data and connect it to your thesis or argument?

Advanced Google Searching

  1.  Go to www.google.com and try each of the searches below to see how they change your results.

  2.  In the search box, enter some keywords as you normally would, but try each of these options to limit the types of domains you are searching:

  •  Non-profit websites    site:.org 

  •  U.S. government websites    site:.gov

  •  Education websites    site:.edu 

Articles and Databases

WOU has a variety of databases covering multiple subjects and disciplines.

  • Academic Search Premier is a good starting point. It has newspapers, magazines, and academic articles on many topics.

 

To find other databases for your topic:

  • Go to the library's database web page
  • Look for databases related to your topic in the By Subject section