Ø Be open minded.
Ø Judge the credibility of sources.
What criteria should I use to evaluate and select the information sources?
What are some possible sources for the type of information I need?
What are the best sources? Are certain sources required?
What sources will give me diverse points of view? How will I identify their strengths and weaknesses?
Where are the sources located?
Where is the information within the source, and how do I locate it?
Is my search plan working, or do I need to revise it?
Resources for Investigating
|NCAT Library Catalog||Find books and E-Books through the library catalog.|
|Evaluating Print Resources||Tips on evaluating resources by reviewing the bibliographic information|
|Evaluating Print Resource Content||Tips on evaluating the content of print resources|
|Primary and Secondary Sources||What is a "primary source?" What is a "secondary source?" How do you tell the difference? When should you use each of those?|
|Talking to Databases||This video demonstrates using effective search terms to find information in library databases.|
|NCAT Library Online||Search NCAT's collection of subscription databases for authoritative information on every topic.|
|More Resources||Find listings of all databases to which NCAT subscribes and access to other library’s materials.|
|NCAT Subject Guides||Not sure where to start? Try these subject guides to resources.|
|Four Nets for Better Searching||Four easy-to-remember tips for finding exactly what you need on the Internet.|
|Google Help||Tips for Google Advanced Search|
|Invisible Web Databases||Specialized tools by subject area to help you find things your search engine might not find.|
|Ask A Librarian!||Need help?? Ask a Librarian! Chat, E-mail, or phone an NCAT librarian. They are happy to help you.