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Welcome to Research Guides with Helpful Hints

These guides are intended to introduce Carrollton's English students to resources available to the Carrollton community and to help guide you through the research process with examples and suggestions, to help get you started. 

Here you will find what we consider to be the core reference materials, including information about what they are, where to find them, and how to use them. 

    Remember, the list is not exhaustive:
     We are also including a tutorial from Vanderbilt University which helps you to distinguish between scholarly and popular articles.
    We include detailed instructions for MLA, discipline specific databases - such as :  Literature Resource Center, and Literature Criticism Online.
    Remember, access the library online catalog for print items on the shelf in Founders Library

Finding Journal Articles with a Tutorial

Faculty often want students to locate and read scholarly, academic, peer reviewed, evidence-based journal articles.  But, how do you know if you have such an article?  The ten-minute tutorial linked below will demystify this process for you.  It is all about know what to look for in the article. 

The good news is that once you know what to look for, finding good scholarly articles is not hard.

The bad news is that the computer cannot do it all for you.  Databases can do a "first sort" of the articles, but you must look at each article to see if it is truly a research study that has been through the peer review process.

So, take at look at this short  tutorial from Vandebilt::

Popular vs Scholary Periodicals:  see link below:

Subject Guide

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