How to Identify Academic Sources for Research Papers
FINDING ACADEMIC SOURCES - VERY IMPORTANT IN ALL OF OUR ESSAYS!
This Semester's GALILEO Password Is "cattle"
GAVS Free Resources - Media Center and GALILEO
For help with finding academic sources to use in your Research Papers, use "Media Center" and "GALILEO" (password: cattle) from our free GAVS "Resources" tab, above, at the top of our Course Home Page menu bar.
Nonacademic sources should not be used in this essay, and include the following:
- Popsugar.com, and related "entertainment news" sources
- Personal blogs
Acceptable academic sources include:
- Rolling Stone magazine - for credible music articles
- All sources found on Galileo from our Resources tab, above
Following are a few directions and screenshots to help you navigate - for help with finding academic sources, go to:
- Course Home page / top of page
- Resources / click drop-down arrow
- Scroll down to Media Center, and click
- Pop-up Box appears - widen box
- Click "General Resources"
- Click "GALILEO" hyperlink, then enter password "cattle"
- Do a search for your specific topic, and you will find thousands of articles from which to choose
See screenshots, below, for visual assistance.
Happy revising, and do your best work!
Quick checklist to assist you in choosing the most reliable / credible / academic sources
User-friendly, quick-reference chart to help you find credible sources.
Questions to ask yourself about each source: --Is it credible? --Is it current / relevant? --Who is the source - what is their point-of-view / bias regarding your topic? (What side of the topic are they taking, and why?) --Accuracy --Coverage
1. Who is the author of this site? 2. How accurate and objective is the site? 3. What is the site's currency and coverage?
In a research paper, your sources are everything - and your argument is nothing, without them. But there are a few things you must consider when searching for and choosing your sources: --Are they academic, or "fluff" pieces? Only academic sources!
This Handout Will Help You Determine: --Where to look --Online v. Print Sources --Types of Sources --Primary Research
This Handout Will Help You Determine: Using Research and Evidence: 1. What type of evidence should I use? 2. How do I know if a source is credible?
This is an excellent source to help you decide how and when to use quotes: --When Should I Quote? --How Do I Set-up and Follow-up A Quotation? --How Do I Embed a Quote into a Sentence? --How Much Should I Quote? --How Do I Combine Quotation Marks w/.
Use Our GAVS "Media Center" Resource for Esssays!
Go to the top of our Course Home Page
In the green horizontal menu bar, click "Resources"
Click the dropdown arrow
Click "Media Center"
From the image, click on the types of sources you are looking for - "General Resources," "News," "English," "Periodicals," etc.
If you click on "Galileo," this World Wide Web-based virtual library provides you with access to multiple information resources, including access to licensed products.