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Finding and Using Scholarly Resources  

Use this guide to help you find and use scholarly sources for in-depth research
Last Updated: Sep 9, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Academic Integrity

From Academic Integrity Site, Columbia College

 MLA Guide: Avoiding Plagiarism




Suggested Databases

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How to Recognize and Find a Scholarly Journal

Thank you to Vanderbilt University's Peabody Library for this excellent video illustrating the differences among scholarly journals and other periodical types.

Primary & Secondary Sources

Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied (as in the case of memoirs).  They reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer.  Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period.

secondary source is a work that interprets or analyzes an historical event or phenomenon.  It is generally at least one step removed from the event is often based on primary sources.  Examples include:  scholarly or popular books and articles, reference books, and textbooks.


Google Scholar


Find a Book/eBook in the Library!

Search for a book in the WE Library

All eBooks are searchable through our Destiny Catalog.

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Reading Scholarly Articles

Reading Academic Journals

This site from SUNY Brockport summarizes the parts of an academic article and discusses how to read one.


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