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 want to find articles in library databases, you need to search with keywords or search terms. Keywords are the main ideas of your research topic.
Research Topic Example:
I want to find resources on the effects of divorce on the stress level of children in the United States,
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: WHO: children of divorce; WHAT: stress; and WHERE: United States
Note: We can put children of divorce and Unites States in quotation marks to search them as phrases.
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