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Research Tips: When Using Google is Encouraged (!)

3 scientists 1 microscopeOne of the easiest ways to find resources for your paper or project is to examine the references or works cited list from a reliable academic source. If the article you found in NCLive has a lot of great information chances are the sources for that article will be equally helpful. Frequently you can find them by searching NCLive by title or author, but what if those resources aren’t in the NCLive database? If there is no time to order them through Interlibrary Loan you may be able to locate a full-text version somewhere on the web. Under normal circumstances Google research is not as reliable as other sources but this time you will be armed with a title and author. Some of the listings may be subscription-only databases but a few minutes of searching often yields the item you need in a free, complete text format.

A few tips to remember:

  • Employ safe browsing practices and be wary of suspicious or fraudulent sites
  • Not all sources listed on a works cited page will be acceptable for your topic or your project guidelines
  • The citation style used in your resource may not be the format needed for your assignment
  • Evaluate each source and check with a teacher or librarian if you have any question as to its validity


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