You’ll likely spend a great deal of time searching for sources to include in your research project as finding effective sources (ones that are credible, authoritative, and relevant to your claims and arguments) is critical to composing a successful assignment. In short, finding credible, authoritative, and relevant sources requires more than a quick Google search and using the top “hits” that search yields. Learning how to find effective sources takes time and effort—but the work will benefit your project in the long run. Use the Tips and Tutorials and Resources on this page to learn more about how and where to find sources and how you can begin to evaluate them for your own research purposes.
Reference or background sources, including general and subject encyclopedias, can give you concise overviews of topics, together with lists of sources for further reading.
The databases listed here provide broad access to scholarly articles (e.g., Academic Search Complete, Communication & Mass Media Complete), as well as access to articles from leading global print publications such as The New York Times (LexisNexis Academic). “Opposing Viewpoints in Context” is a particularly useful tool if you’ve been asked to describe the current state of a cultural conversation about a controversial issue such as animal rights or media violence.
The databases and web links listed below offer searchable access to thousands of images—be aware, however, that all images you find may not necessarily be available for reprint or use in your work without either appropriate attribution or permission from the copyright holder. Please review “Copyright Help” on the USING AND INTEGRATING SOURCES page for information on using and crediting images in your work.