Skip to Main Content
  • Galveston CollegeLibrary
  • Find Your Sources

    What Sources Should I Use?

    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. 

    Still need help deciding which sources to use? View What Sources Should I Use? or Ask-A-Librarian at GC Library. 

    Find Books & eBooks

    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: 

    Whitecaps OneSearch

    • Search Whitecaps OneSearch (below) to find books and eBooks available in the library and online. 

    Library Catalog

    • The library catalog is a keyword-based simple search to find books, textbooks,  periodicals, DVDs, CDs, and more available in the GC Library

    Find Articles & Media

    Your research assignment will determine which databases to search.  

    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. 

    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 




    Search the Library Databases

    Find Google Resources

    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. 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.

    • Google Scholar provides a simple way to find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. 
    • Google Books is one of the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books. 

    Google Research Tips

    Video: How to Use Google Scholar