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"Know Your Sources" by Portland Community College Library

When doing research you will come across a lot of information from different types of sources. How do you decide which source to use? From tweets to newspaper articles, this tool provides a brief description of each and breaks down 6 factors to consider when selecting a source.


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Where Do I Start?

Research is a process:  it takes time to find the good stuff

  • Choose a topic that really interests you.  Start with your textbook and course materials. Your professor can be a big help in pointing you in a good direction. Then browse reference sources, newspapers, or even Google for other ideas. 
  • Explore what kind of information is available.  See what others have published in books or periodical articles that you could develop into a topic.
  • Develop and use a Search Strategy:
    • Once you have identified a topic, write it as a question.
    • Think of as many words as you can to describe your topic. Add more words, subject headings, and descriptors that you find as you search.
    • Combine the terms for your online searching using Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to get more relevant sources
  • Be flexible:  Modify your topic as you discover more information.


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Find books and articles at Linfield College, academic libraries regionally, and journals worldwide.  ***More details and Tips

By default, results include:

 Available - books, videos etc. on shelves at Linfield Libraries plus full text articles and E-Books online
 Summit - Collections from dozens of regional academic libraries, with materials deliverable within 3-5 days.
 Request Article - Articles not immediately available online, but requestable via Interlibrary loan. Articles can arrive from within hours to 1-2 days.

Limit searching using scopes:

  • Linfield + Summit + Articles - books from Linfield and other Summit  libraries PLUS articles from subscribed and freely available journals worldwide and even some websites, datasets and academic websites.
  • Linfield  + Summit - Includes Linfield Libraries physical (books, dvd's etc.) collections,  e-books, and Summit
  • Linfield Libraries - find books, videos, and other physical materials available at Linfield (inside the Portland or McMinnville campus libraries).
  • Articles - search limits to articles from subscribed and freely available journals worldwide.
  • Ebsco - focuses on articles from dozens of Ebsco databases. You can also search Ebsco and other databases individually via the Research Databases link on the left sidebar of the Libraries pages.

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