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Student Athlete Research Guide: Starting Research

A research guide for SCF athletes

How to start research

What is Research?


Research can be daunting, but knowing where to go and how to search can save you time and energy. Start by asking yourself a few questions:

  • What kind of information do I need? Facts, opinions, statistics, case studies, literary criticism, are just a few to consider. 
  • What types of sources do I need? Newspapers, magazines, journals, scholarly or peer-reviewed articles, , electronic or print resources, primary documents, e-books, traditional books, the Internet?
  • How current do my sources need to be? Primary documents that may be quite old or the most current research on educating children with autism?
  • Where do I go for the best information on my topic?  
  • Go to the SCF libraries website to search for books, eBooks, articles and more.

Below is the featured database, Writer's Reference Center, to help you with your research and writing. (See the next page to log in to the library).

The best databases to use

Plagarism video

login to the library

Logging In to the Library:

Borrower ID is your student ID G# (for example: G00123456)

PIN is last 4 digits of G# (in the example: 3456)


How To Identify a Scholarly Article

TIPS: Scholarly sources are those produced and reviewed by people with recognized expertise in a particular field of study. Scholarly articles are found in scholarly journals - sometimes called peer-reviewed journals. SCF subscribes to databases that provide these academic resources.

To find a scholarly article in a database you can often check a box that limits your search to peer-reviewed journals. This box is sometimes found on a Basic Search, but almost always on an Advanced Search in a database.

Ways to identify an online scholarly or peer-reviewed article:

  • Author(s) - Clearly identified author(s) usually with credentials

  • References -  lists of works cited at the end

  • Title -  usually descriptive, lengthy and uses professional terms

  • Length -  is the article 5 pages or longer?

  • Ask  - check with your Librarian or Professor

  • Review - look at the elements of the article. Make sure it has what the assignment requires, such as, tables, conclusions, methodology and other research articles elements.

To learn more about the difference between scholarly and popular articles, check out the links below.