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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.
Useful when you're starting out on a research project. Do simple searches to find topic introductions in a variety of subjects. The mind map tool will help you discover related ideas and terms.
Finding Credible Sources
Newspaper Source Plus
Selected full-text from 30 US national and international newspapers and 200 regional papers, plus TV & radio news transcripts.
This full-text, weekly multidisciplinary scientific journal publishes original peer-reviewed research and noteworthy science news (1997 to the present).
Gale in Context: Science
Articles, experiments, videos, and podcasts on the most significant science topics of today. Contains magazine as well as academic journal and news articles.
Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary database containing a variety of content. You can limit your results to "periodicals" or "newspapers" to get popular, credible sources.
New York Times: Create Your Account
Use your Lone Star email address to create an account via this link. Once you've made an account, you can go straight to the regular NYT site (nytimes.com) and log in as if you were a paying subscriber.
Over 100,000 ebook titles covering a full range of academic topics. General reference works are also included.
EBSCO eBook Collection
Search complete electronic books. Read in browser, or create an account to download books to various devices
On the Web
Accessing the Databases
Access 100+ databases organized by subject area from the Research Databases page. Also try our dynamic, sortable database list!
To access the databases from off-campus, you must provide the 14-digit library barcode from the back of your student ID.
LSC-University Park students have access to free premium Grammarly accounts! This will be your proofreader/editor tool for your academic and professional writing. To get an account, follow the instructions in the Grammarly guide.