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.
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.
||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.|
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.