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Introduction to College Level Research

Welcome to college level research Gomez Scholars! This guide will assist you in finding scholarly and creditable information to research your assigned activist. At the college level, it is important to:

  • Identify the sources of information you use (you've got reference sources, books, journals, web resources to choose from!)
  • Critically evaluate that information
  • Cite your sources properly

The Library has access to tons of research resources you can’t access via Google, or other web search engines, so this guide will focus on what the Library can offer you.


Library Resources vs. the Internet

College research combines library resources (which includes print and electronic resources available from the Library) and creditable sources found on the open Internet.

The difference between web resources found on general Internet (through Google or other search engines) and the Library's electronic resources found on its website, is that the Library pays to access specialized databases that make searching for information easier. Most of the Library's electronic resources will not be found through general web searching.

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