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  • Find Your Sources


    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. 

    Your can access most GC Library resources at home by logging in using your GC ID and password. GC Library's catalog, eBooks and articles in our databases can all be accessed off-campus. More information about off-campus access can be found here. 

    Still need help deciding which sources to use? View the What Sources Should I Use? document from Wichita State University Libraries or Ask-A-Librarian at GC Library. 

    Books cover almost any topic, fiction or non-fiction. For research purposes, you will most likely look for books that combine all of the information in one topic. 

    Books are used:

    • when looking for large amounts of information on a specific topic
    • to clarify the meaning of a topic
    • to find historical information
    • to find summaries of research 

    There are a variety of ways to search for books at GC Library: 

    Library Catalog

    • The library catalog is a keyword-based simple search that provides the call number, location, and availability of all books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, and more available in the GC Library. 

    EBSCO eBooks

    • The Library has more than 200,000 eBooks available 24/7 for browsing, searching, and virtual check-out. TexShare's eBook collection includes titles from the world's leading business, technology, trade, reference, academic, and scholarly publishers.
      • If you accessing EBSCO eBooks off-campus, you must sign in using your GC ID and password. Visit the Off-Campus Access page for more information on how to access resources off-campus.

    Your research assignment will determine which databases to search.  

    What is a database? A database is 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. 

    Trade or Professional Journals
    Popular Magazines
      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.
    Try These Databases






    Newspaper Source Plus



    Business Source Complete 



    oogle for Research?


    Contrary to what you may have been told about using Google, Google can be a good resource for research, if it is used effectively. 

    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.

    Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

    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 web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. Start searching Google Scholar.

    Google Books is one of the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books. Start searching Google Books.

    Google Research Tips