How to Research College Papers
It is that time of year when many students are returning back to school. Between starting new courses, adjusting to another school year, and ordering their books, students need to think about where to find credible sources for their assignments.
- Some students tend to rely on the internet to gather their resources when drafting papers and often turn to search engines, such as Google. However, there are a few things to remember when using the internet to locate articles and resources:
- Sites like Wikipedia and personal websites are not considered credible. You must use scholarly, peer reviewed academic journals in your college writing.
- There are plenty of databases with credible peer reviewed articles, dissertations, and scholarly research resources.
- The easiest way for you to access these databases is through your school’s online library.
- Some widely known databases are PubMed, JSTOR, CINAHL, Sage Journals, and EBSCO.
- You should never have to pay for an article. There are plenty of available sources within the many databases for you to find the material you need.
- Article dates are important. Most professors require resources within the previous five years. Some allow ten years.
- When searching for articles filter the results to specify the date range you want to search.
- Also filter for full text/PDF copies only.
APA & MLA formatting Can Change Every Year
The best way to know if any changes have been made is to check Purdue OWL. This will indicate and changes to style and format, citing changes, proper lengths for titles and headers, abstract requirements, and how to use headings or subheadings within your paper.
- Sources like e-books, PowerPoint presentations, and emails have been added as viable references within the last few years, so be sure to check for the proper way to cite these in your papers. In addition to Purdue OWL, APA and MLA also have websites to reference rule changes.
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