|The first step in research is to find reliable sources. Here is a powerpoint that gives you pointers and tips on how to identify if a source is reliable:
|Information on what makes good research from Lakeland Community College:
|The most important thing to remember is CARS:
|Annotated Bibliography template:
OCS Annotated Bibliography:
|Teachers do not allow students to use information that comes from blogs, personal websites, or Wikipedia.
The best thing to do is to look for web addresses (called URLs) that end with .edu, .gov, or .org. The school also has a database of articles that are always safe to use and that is located on NC WiseOwl. Ask your teacher for the username and password to access this database from school and/or home. All of the articles in this database are considered appropriate for use. Other places to search for reliable information and sources include:
This is for students and looks for articles. Often, there is a fee for the complete article through Google Scholar, but you can get abstracts and you can search elsewhere for the same article for free.
This site is a good place to look for information about medical studies.
|CBS Find Articles
This site will help you find good articles
Online research site – there are book descriptions, but you can get partial articles and can look for the articles elsewhere for free.
This is a search engine that searches scholarly articles. Students are less likely to find non-scholarly sources
Students can use their school log ins to access online magazines, journals, and newspapers for sources
|CvHS Media Center Research
Check out the World Book Advanced for lots of great sources. Also look at the Gale Reference Library
**Don’t forget to look at Print Sources in the library – Opposing Viewpoints and others
| Occupational Handbook
Bureau of Labor Statistics – career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations
|Online Scholarly Journals|
|Directory of Open Access Journals
This site provides you access to journals. Be sure to set the language setting to English.
|Free Scholarly Journals
This site will help you find some articles. There are journal sites for several different areas and topics.
Access to hundreds of free online journals and articles
It includes publications dealing with food, food security, agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, and rural development.
IDEAS is a large bibliographic database dedicated to economics and finance research available freely on the Internet.