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Reference Desk

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Information Type

Written By

Must be Reviewed by

Where Available

Academic / Scholarly Articles

Experts in the Field

Other experts / Peer reviewed


Academic journals available in library databases

Magazine/ Newspaper articles


Editors of Magazine / Newspaper

Library databases




Online through a Google search

Catalog 5.0 Search Box

Search the Library Catalog



Credo Reference  is an online subscription database containing encyclopedias, dictionaries, and biographies. It is a good source for background information.  

EBSCOhost is a collection of twenty-six databases covering multiple disciplines.  Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier are good general databases.

JSTOR contains scholarly articles focused on humanities and the social sciences.

Opposing Viewpoints  is an online subscription database focused on controversial social issues. It is also a good source for background information.


Finding Reputable Websites

Google Web Search

LIMIT GOOGLE Search by Domain Name

  1. Restrict search to those sites created by government and colleges / universities.
  2. Search Example -> Native Americans Isolation


Currency: When was the resource updated last?

Reliability: Is the content primarily opinion? Are there supporting references?

Authority: Who created the resource? Can you contact him / her with questions?

Accuracy: What are the credentials of the author? Are there references for the source and can you verify the references?

Purpose: Why was the resource put on the web? Is there a product being sold? What is the domain extension?

Point of View: Who is the intended audience for the article?