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*General Education Courses*

Resources to help with foundation classes like English composition, math, algebra, and introduction to research.


Welcome to the Locating and Evaluating Information Guide!  

This guide is designed to provide you with additional resources that will help you successfully navigate and complete this course. You will notice that there are boxes below that correspond to modules in the course:

Topic / Search / Books / Scholarly Journals / Magazines / Newspapers / Final Projects

Notice that there are also tabs at the top of each box for you to click through. Take some time to browse this guide by clicking on various tabs, or go right to the section that will help you with where you are in the course. 

Click and explore!


Use the Answers below for guidance on picking a topic. The tabs at the top of this box will point you towards resources to help get you started. 

Use the links below to find resources to get you started with brainstorming and/or mind mapping. Brainstorming is a good strategy to help you map out different aspects of a broad topic to begin narrowing your focus. 

Reference materials and databases are a great place to develop a basic understanding of your topic. Use the links below to access the reference collections and databases. 



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Searching for information on a topic can be challenging. Use the Answers below as well as the additional tab at the top of the box to get you started. 

Visit the Database Search Tips box in the School of Justice Studies Guide for database searching tips and tricks. Be sure to utilize the tabs at the top of the box. 



eBooks are electronic versions of printed books and can be accessed online. You can access eBooks using the links below. For additional information and help with eBooks, use the tab at the top of the box


Scholarly Journals

"Scholarly" typically means that the article was written to report actual research (such as a study conducted on a group of individuals) to others who are experts in the same field.  Scholarly articles are written by experts for other experts.  Because of the purpose of the article and the intended audience, scholarly articles tend to report statistics and observations.  They tend to be written in a more academic language than what a person might read in a popular magazine. The also tend to be very specific or focused in terms of topic. Do not expect to find broad overviews in scholarly articles.

If you think you're reading a scholarly article but you're not sure, check whether it includes the following types of sections which are typical for scholarly articles.

  • author's credentials
  • literature review
  • research methodology
  • observations
  • findings or results (including statistics)
  • discussion of the findings
  • conclusions or recommendations

You can access scholarly journals using the link below. For additional information and help with scholarly journals, use the tab at the top of the box



A magazine is a publication that is issued periodically and typically specializes in a specific subject or area. You can access magazines using the links below. For additional information and help with magazines, use the tab at the top of the box



A newspaper is a regularly printed publication usually containing news articles, opinions, and advertisements. You can access newspapers using the links below. For additional information and help with newspapers, use the tab at the top of the box