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Finding and Evaluating Scholarly Sources: Home

This guide will introduce you to scholarly resources you will need for your research assignments; Scholarly and Popular Publications-journals, magazines, newspapers; and define primary and secondary sources.

Scholarly Resources

Books -- FAMU Library catalog

Journal articles --   Databases A-Z  (eg. ProQuest, Academic One File)

Background information -- Reference resources   (Encyclopedias, directories, Credo Reference, Britannica Online)

 Introduction to Finding and Evaluating Scholarly Sources

At some point and time your coursework will require you to do research papers.  You will be required to locate and use specific types of resources.

Determining the right sources to use, and evaluating those sources is an important skill we need all the time.  You have to decide where to look, what clues to search for, and what to accept.  You may be overwhelmed with too much information or too little. Learning how to choose and evaluate resources effectively is a skill you need.

When writing research papers or conducting research for a project, you will need to make decisions about what to search for and where to look.  Once you've found material on your topic, decide whether to use it in your paper or project.