There are many types of sources to use, such as books, eBooks, articles, media, or websites.
Be sure to read your assignment instructions carefully, most assignments specify which sources you can use.
If you are wondering where you will find sources, GC Library has you covered! As a student, you have access to thousands of academic sources which will help you with your research assignment.
What is a database? A database is a searchable index of many reliable resources. Databases provide access to a wealth of useful research materials from academic journals, newspapers, magazines, eBooks, audiobooks, media, and more.
There are a variety of article sources within databases. Please view the chart below to understand article sources.
||Use for in-depth, original research findings, and peer-reviewed research articles.||Use for current events topics or editorials and opinions dealing with current events.||Offers specialized industry or professional articles that tend to be more practical and applied in nature.||For the general interest reader—these articles are used to inform or entertain.|
There are specific techniques that you can use to be an effective Google searcher. Your job is to decide which Google database you should use in order to find the types of materials you need, as well as to create searches, or queries, that provide pertinent results.
Google collections useful for scholarly research: Google Scholar and Google Books. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites.