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ENG1020 English Composition : Research resources: Finding Sources

Primary vs Secondary Sources

When evaluating the quality of the information you are using, it is useful to identify if you are using a primary, secondary, or tertiary source. By doing so, you will be able recognize if the author is reporting on his/her own first hand experiences, or relying on the views of others.

Recommended Databases

Search for Books

The JWU Library catalog has many excellent eBooks and print books to use as sources in your research. Use the search bar on this page or the Library Home site to search; just remember to click the "Books" tab first. Keep in mind that you can check "Print" or "eBook" options, or both.

Search for Articles

Use the search bar on this page or the Library Home site to search for scholarly articles. Check out some of our recommended databases. Remember that on the left side bar of the Advanced Search page, you can choose options such as "full-text," "peer-reviewed," and other filtering options.

Check out some of our videos to how to best use our databases in your research:

Basic Article Search   |   Advanced Search Mode   |   Using Specific Databases   |   Saving Sources and Citations


Google Scholar

You can also use Google Scholar to look for scholarly articles:

Google Scholar Search

Searching for Web Sources

It is EXTREMELY important to evaluate websites from online search engines according to the CRAAP test:

  • credibility
  • relevance
  • authority
  • accuracy
  • purpose

Anyone can publish to the Internet, so look for information on the person or organization who published it to see if they are credible. Remember that .com and .net sites are generally less reliable than sites that are .edu, .org, or .gov. However, this will vary depending on your topic. If you are uncertain if a website is from a credible source or not, you can always ask a librarian!

Google Web Search