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WRC 3203: Why Art?: Research Guide

Selected Art Databases

Consult the complete list of Library Databases for additional online resources.

Citation Guides

The University Writing Center has some great resources for following APA, Chicago, and other Documentation Guidelines.

How to Use Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

You can preform a Google Scholar search directly from this LibGuide. Feel free to check out the Google Scholar Handout for additional information on making the most of a Google Scholar search. 

Additional Resources

This handout explains how to access some important library resources such as eBooks and databases: Library Resources Handout

How to Develop a STRONG Research Question

How to Use Boolean Operators

Prince George Community College offers great tips on how to use boolean operators, in this infographic. The full LibGide can be found at this link (link opens in a new window).

MIT has some great info on truncation and wildcards: Truncation and Wildcards (link opens in a new window)

Evaluating Information

Evaluating Information

Now that you’ve found sources, you’ll need to evaluate them before committing to them, but this doesn’t have to be time consuming. Just ask yourself two questions: Is this source trustworthy? And is this source suitable? Not every suitable source is trustworthy, and not every trustworthy source is suitable.

Determining Suitability
Consider the following: will this source help me answer the research questions that I am posing in my project? Will it help me learn as much as I can about my topic? Will it help me write an interesting, convincing essay for my readers? 

Determining Trustworthiness (or Credibility)
Trustworthiness of sources may not be as easy to determine, especially if you’re in a hurry, aren’t paying attention, or haven’t checked your own biases at the door. Pay attention to things like:

  • When the source was published or last updated - look for the most recent research on your topic but depending on the topic, it could be fine to use older material.
  • The degree of bias in the source - is the author making an attempt to stay objective and include various points of view or are they pushing a point of view for other reasons?
  • Whether or not the author supports what they’re saying with evidence - if the author is making lots of claims without citing them, consider looking for something else. (Source)

Evaluating Sources for Credibility Video (3:14)


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Research Advisory Program

Research Advisory Program

The Research Advisory Program (RAP) provides one-on-one research assistance for students. Sessions are conducted in person, by phone, or online.