Posted: July 16th, 2021

Research paper: gathering sources, part 1

ILO: Demonstrate competency in library research.


Investigate an article in a discipline-specific database and write about it in the Discussion Forum

In the Library Databases LibGuide, click on the tab that represents your major. Choose a database from the top list and do a search on your topic. Choose a result from the first page that looks like it would be helpful in your research. Answer the following and post to the Discussion Forum:

  • What database did this come from?
  • Who is the author?
  • What can you find out about the author’s qualifications?
  • When was this written?
  • Is this item peer reviewed?
  • What is the original source of the item (e.g., journal, book)?
  • What is the author’s purpose in writing this item?
  • Is there an abstract?
  • What is the main idea of the article? Does it involve research the author(s) did?

After answering each of these questions, write a short paragraph (200 words) comparing this article to the encyclopedia articles. Which might be more helpful for your paper? What are the similarities? Differences?


  • A student’s initial post should be at least 200 words in length.

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