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Assignment | Interpersonal Speech | (Fontenot): Find Information

Spring 2020 | SPCH 1315 (Fontenot)

Before You Research

Scholarly articles are not the place to start your research. First, you need to get familiar enough with your topic to narrow it down, and for that you need more general information. This will help you develop context for your topic as well as get to know the specialized terms used by experts.

Finding Credible Sources

Evaluate sources for currency, relevance, accuracy, authority, and purpose

Library Resources

Accessing the Databases

Access 100+ databases organized by subject area from the Research Databases page. Also try our dynamic, sortable database list!

Student ID BadgeTo access the databasesAccess only available off-campus with a 14-digit library barcode from LSCS from off-campus, you must provide the 14-digit library barcode from the back of your student ID.

Source Types

Information types: scholarly (expert authors, deep dive into subject material); trade (expert but more casual/informative); news (up to date, but not expert authors or especially analytical); reference sources are good for summaries but not for citing.

Our databases contain a little of everything!  What kind of source gives you what type of information?

Click the image to view full-size. It's rather oversimplified, honestly, but it'll give you a framework to start with.