Using Library Resources

Using Library Resources

Use tabs above for more info on the following topics:

Drawing of Brookhaven Bear• Books: Use the Library Catalog to access books and more
• Articles: Use Databases to access articles from periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers) and more
• Citation Help: Access info on citing sources and using NoodleTools
• Tutorials: Learn research skills with infoLAB. Access free tutorials and practice tests with LearningExpress Library


Which Source Should You Use?

Which type of source should you use – books, articles or websites? The chart below can help you decide.

Evaluating Sources

There's a lot of information out there, but not all of it is appropriate for your research. You'll need to evaluate what you find and an easy way to evaluate is with the TRAAP Test. TRAAP stands for Timeliness, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. Click on the PDF link below to learn more.

Search Terms

Synonymous, Broader, Narrower Terms

Before you start your search, think about your search terms. Determine the main idea(s) in your research question or topic. These will be your search terms. For example, if your research question is Should capital punishment be abolished?, then your search term is capital punishment. Make a list of synonymous terms, broader terms and narrower terms. Here's another look at this research question and a few related terms.


Example related search terms for capital punishment are the synonymous term "death penalty," the broader term "execution," and a narrower term of "lethal injection."


VisuWords

Can't think of any related terms? Try this online graphical dictionary and thesaurus.

Librarian

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Dana Corbin
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Email: dCorbin@dcccd.edu

Virtual Reference Desk:
A librarian is available to assist you online (via video, audio only, or chat) during library hours. Directions and details are on the Virtual Reference Desk Guide.