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You may be familiar with the distinction between primary and secondary sources in the humanities. There, a primary source is an account from someone who experienced the event – a first-person account. A secondary source is written by someone who was not there. Likewise, a science primary source is written by someone who experienced the […]
The following rare books, letters, and tracts were acquired by Furman’s Special Collections and Archives over the past year.
Truncation is a search technique that broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings. Adding an asterisk to the root of a word commands your keyword search to return results with all possible endings of the word. So, instead of trying to brainstorm all the ways you can say “sustainable,” you can just […]
Evaluating Your Sources: The Basics Learn to look critically at everything. Determining the quality of your resources is ultimately your responsibility, so if you have any doubts (and you should often doubt!) investigate it further. Some criteria are essential to consider for all types of sources you consider using. These include CURRENCY, RELEVANCE, AUTHORITY, ACCURACY, and […]
While Librarians are sleeping (Or at least the library is closed) Did you know that for some research-related questions, you can get library help in the middle of the night? The library has a collection of answers to some of the most frequently asked research assistance questions, like “how can I find peer-reviewed journal articles?” […]
Work smarter, not harder. On-demand workshops from the libraries can be requested as individual training sessions, group sessions (departmental retreats or committee meetings), or as sessions for classes you are teaching. We can also meet with students one-on-one. You may contact your library liaison or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Topics: Audio and Music Resources: Streaming and […]
Take a study break and check out our pop up exhibit, available today from 10:30 am -1:00 pm in the James B. Duke Library. Jeff Makala, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, is on hand to wow you with a few items from our collection.
A Database That Works For You: CQ Researcher Need to know about important issues of the day? Are you writing a speech, looking for a paper topic, or preparing for a debate? CQ Researcher reports are in-depth, reliable, and organized for quickly learning about current events, movements, and controversies that are facing America. Sample topics, […]
Political Bias in Periodicals Periodicals that cover politics and current events may have a political or cultural bias. This may be reflected in their choice of topics, the opinions expressed, or the solutions proposed. An awareness of bias is important when you select the sources for your research. To detect bias, keep the following in mind: Are all sides of […]
When using Google Scholar might be a good idea: Your topic is interdisciplinary and very specific You are comfortable searching Google, but want to focus on scholarly resources You want to find citing references for an article (hint: learn more about citing references here) When using Google Scholar might work against you: Your topic is […]