When you do research for an assignment, you will think about the types of sources you need to support your topic. While the internet has many sources you can use, research assignments may require more academic or scholarly sources. Academic sources are written by instructors, other researchers, professors, and experts in that field. They usually have more complicated language and provide references or other sources they use to support their topic in the form of citations. Academic sources can most easily be found in library databases than on the internet.
You can find academic databases on the GCC Library website by:
If you have a topic you would like to explore, you will want to develop keywords to search the library databases. You can create keywords by determining the main ideas in your research question or topic.
Research Topic Example:
I want to find resources to support my argument that social media causes negative body image in women.
From my topic, I need to look at WHAT is important, WHO I'm talking about, and WHERE is it happening.
My keywords can be: WHAT: body image; WHO: women; and WHERE: social media
Note: We can put body image and social media in quotation marks to search them as phrases: "body image" AND women AND "social media"
These videos from ProQuest Research Companion provide guidance on how to find information for any research project.
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