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AS-I 101: Strategies for Online Learning

Library Resources and Services for College of Arts and Sciences' introductory course for online learners

Why not Google?

We all love Google -- to find a restaurant, or a map, or photos of cats -- it's great for finding everyday information. But for your academic work, you will be expected to use scholarly or authoritative sources.

What are "scholarly sources"?

Scholarly sources might include books, journal articles or conference publications -- they might be in print or published electronically, or both. Scholarly sources:

  • are written by authors who are scholars or professionals in their fields; their affiliations and academic credentials will be listed in their publications.
  • include citations to other sources that the author has used in developing his or her work
  • use academic language, which may include technical terminology specific to that discipline
  • are published by a scholarly press that uses a rigorous review process to ensure the quality of the content
  • are intended for an audience of researchers or scholars, or professionals in that field.

You may also sometimes need to find data or statistics -- these should also come from authoritative sources such as government agencies, professional organizations or research reports.

The research tools listed below will help you find appropriate sources for your work.

Finding Scholarly Articles

Just the Facts Ma'am

Finding Newspapers and News Articles