Use this guide to review the material covered in the Library workshop
If you need to find sources that are more "academic", then your best search starting points for this class are:
- good starting point, covers all subject areas
- You can limit your results by "Content Types" (left side of screen, click on "more" to see all types)
- If you choose "journal article" as the content type, you can then add the "Scholarly & peer review" filter
- Business Source Complete:
- has a lot of useful information NOT found in Omni, for example case studies, company profiles, industry reports, SWOT analyses (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats).
- You can limit your results by "Source Types" (left side of results screen)
But what are "Academic" or "Scholarly" sources?
- Traditionally, academic or scholarly sources are books, book chapters, articles that are scholarly in nature: they are written by the people who carried out the research, they contain references, they undergo a review process... [see,,,, for more details]
- For this class there are other sources that will be acceptable, as long as you have evaluated the sources with the CRAP test. Some examples can be government reports, industry reports, SWOT analyses, etc.
A couple of other videos:
- Popular and scholarly sources (USC libraries)
- Scholarly vs. Popular articles (Jessup library,
You'll probably want to do a search that is a bit more specific than just looking up your chosen company's name.
- Whenever you want to do a bit more complex search, start with the Advanced Search screen (both Omni and Business Source Complete have one)
- Brainstorm possible search terms: if you need to find information on what makes your company a success, try and think about what does "success" for a company mean? For example
- It may mean they make a lot of profit
- It may mean they are innovative
- Think about whether any of these words could occur in different forms: an article could talk about your company being a success, or about it being successful, or about the successes of your company.
- You want to be able to find all of these forms, so you can use a wildcard, the *, in your search: success* will pick up ALL of the forms of the word
- Here is an example of what a search could look like:
Watch our video for more examples and a more detailed explanation of search tips:
You should always be using your critical thinking skills when you are looking for sources to help you decide: Should I use this for my assignment?
You can use the C.R.A.P test to help you:
- Currency: is the information up to date? If the source is older, is there likely to have been changes since it was created?
- Reliability: does the publication cite sources, back up their information...
- Authority: who created this? If individual author: who are they? what are their credentials? If a collective author: what can you find out about the organization?
- Purpose/Point of View: Who is the intended audience? Is this meant for high school students? Is it meant for other researchers? Is there any bias? Is a particular point of view being pushed?
Watch our video for a more detailed explanation: