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Research Process: A Step-by-Step Approach

Conducting Research at Your Library

Find Information Sources

Find Information Sources

Identifying Resources

Choosing Your Research Tool

Books provide you with a good general overview of a topic, but are generally not as up to date as the other sources and can be found by using the library catalog

Journal articles from scholarly journals and magazines tend to deal with more specific topics than books, and are usually more up to date. The library has numerous databases providing access to full text articles.

Web pages - All kinds of information can be found on the Internet. The currency and quality of the information varies greatly.

Where to locate resources by publication type

Publication Type On the Web SAC Library Website
Web/News Media Internet Search Engine  
Newspapers Newspaper website


Access World News

Newspaper Source

Popular Magazines Magazine website
Gale OneFile, Popular Magazines
Business Entrepreneurship
Scholarly/Trade Journals Publisher website
*limited full text access
General Database:
Academic One File


Discipline-Specific Databases:
Business, CINAHL Plus, PsycArticles

Books Google Books Print: Library Discovery

eBooks: EBSCO

Reference Materials Online Public encyclopedias have content limitations

Print: – Library Discovery

Online: - CredoReference, Gale Virtual Reference

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