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Be sure you're using literary analysis/critical essays, not overviews of the work! Also consider looking at the author's writing style/craft -- even if you can't find analysis of your piece, you'll probably find analysis of the author which you can match to their writing.
If you're deliberately looking for non-scholarly items for your 3rd source, just limit to "full text." You can also specify newspapers or magazines as the document type to ignore the scholarly articles.
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.
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Encyclopedias serve to give general overviews and summaries of topics. They don't get into the in-depth information you should be seeking for a college-level research paper.
Examples of encyclopedias include: Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia, SparkNotes, and any other source that only provides that shallow level of information (including the library database Credo Reference!).
Shallow vs Deep Information
Shallow information is trivia: e.g. this book was published in 1974, the main characters are these, the basic plot is this... This is good to know and informs your deeper analysis! But it's not the thoughtful analysis you want to focus on.
No Random Websites / Focus on .edu, .gov
Research means more than just Googling some likely terms and picking something easy off the first page of results. Consider:
and even what kind of pages you've searched for in the past.
Notice that "accuracy" or "reliability" don't make the list.
Authority comes from knowledge, not convenience.
A knowledgeable author writing for a reputable publication is good (even better if they're still citing their sources).
A random website with no discernible author and no sources provided? Keep moving.
You can streamline the quality of your Google searches by focusing on more credible domains like education (.edu) in your results.
.edu is mostly universities, but you'll sometimes come across some K-12 entities with this domain.
The big thing to watch out for is that you're not finding a student paper or project that's been posted on the university domain. Presumably their work is pretty good since it's being shown off publicly, but undergrads are not yet academic experts in their fields (sorry).
Master's theses or PhD dissertations are probably okay.
Still keep in mind the restriction on not using overviews and summaries!
Google has some advanced search commands to make this quicker. Just add site:___ to your search! E.g. site:nasa.gov or even just site:.edu. Try it below!
"A Rose for Emily" - place quotes around the title if it's more than one word
When looking at a page or pdf, use Ctrl+F to search inside the document for your work.
Is this source up-to-date? Is it about my topic, and does it go into enough depth? Does it come from an authoritative source? Is the information accurate (and are there citations given to back it up)? And why was this information written in the first place?