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Welcome to the Library Guide for ENC1101 - Prof. Bennington
I am Maria, your ENC1101 librarian. If you have questions,
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Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
Full-text and peer reviewed articles in a variety of disciplines, including physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, & the arts.
Academic OneFile (Gale)
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America's News (NewsBank)
The complete electronic editions of more than 600 U.S. newspapers.
Biography In Context (Gale)
Thousands of full text biographies, both historical and contemporary.
CQ Researcher (Sage)
Research overviews of public affairs topics covering social, economic, environmental and technological issues.
Environmental Studies (Gale)
Authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies. Discussion of environmental issues and sustainability.
Archive of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Over 700 titles available.
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale)
Viewpoint articles, topic overviews, government and organizational statistics, newspaper and magazine articles and more concerning social issues.
More than 85 reference sources including encyclopedias, series and more
Kick-start your research with access to relevant data from over 18,000 sources. Statista provides statistics, studies and customizable reports.
Currency: the timeliness of the information
When was the information published or posted?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?
Are the links functional?
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
Who is the intended audience?
Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?
Authority: the source of the information
Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
.com (commercial), .edu (educational), .gov (U.S. government)
.org (nonprofit organization), or
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
Where does the information come from?
Is the information supported by evidence?
Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?
Purpose: the reason the information exists
What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?
Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?
Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?