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MLA citation resources
Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.
An information literate individual is able to:
Within the context of an academic assignment, bullet one is largely determined by the parameters of the assignment. Bullets two, three and six are where students typically need to increase their skills and conceptual understanding.
The research process involves four steps:
1. Topic Analysis
2. Resource Types/Selection of an appropriate search tool
3. Searching a database
4. Physically/Electronically obtaining items
A Periodical is anything that is published regularly and includes newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, as well as some less well-known categories. You will be required by faculty to use articles from peer-reviewed journals in your academic work. What does that mean? Take a look at this chart from the University of Texas at San Antonio for brief comparison.
How do you know that what you are finding is acceptable?
And how do you find them in the first place? The best way is to use a database designed to locate scholarly articles in your field of interest.
- Boolean connectors
- AND connects different concepts and narrows a search: Fish AND chips
- OR, with parentheses, combines synonyms/related terms and broadens a search: Fish AND (chips OR fries)
- Use quotation marks for phrases: Fish AND (chips OR "french fries")
- Use the asterisk as a wildcard character to retrieve variations on a common stem: educat* retrieves educate, education, educating, educated, etc. Very useful for capturing plurals
BEARCAT the Libraries Catalog (access from http://www.potsdam.edu/library)
- Is it available or is it already checked out?
- What is its general location (Crumb stacks, Crumb reference, Crane stacks...)
- What is its call number
Locating Books in Crumb Library
Using other Resources
If you are looking for popular level periodicals, or have a topic which is highly interdisciplinary, try using our General Purpose Article Databases page. Most useful for argumentative papers are:
Scholarly Search Databases useful for argumentative papers.
If your subject is more "academic" than general interest, you might choose to use a discipline specific database. Use one of the libguides linked off of the library home page to locate subject specific article databases. If you know the name of the database you want, you may use the A-Z list of databases found on the library home page.
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