Finding Sources for your Research Assignment
Using a variety of sources in your writing is an important skill to develop throughout your academic career. As you read through the sources you find, don't just pick the first thing that suits your need! When using a source in your assignment, you should be able to clearly explain to the reader why the source appears in your paper and specifically what it adds to your research topic or argument.
Begin with the basics! Exploring your topic will help you identify an appropriate scope for your research, and also identify important keywords that you can use when searching for sources.
Use scholarly sources to dig deeper into your subject area. Scholarly sources include collections of journal articles, books, reports and encyclopedias.
The best place to begin your search is through the Library website. Search for print books and e-books by title, author, topic or keyword.
Use the filters to narrow your results to "Book / eBook".
To help get started, here are a few sample book searches on related topics:
Current news stories from sources like newspapers and magazines can help enhance your research.
Search Tip! When searching for newspaper articles about cases from the Canadian and Ontario courts, add a keyword such as "ruling" to your search. For example, try "discrimination ruling" in one of the databases below.
Regardless of the types of sources you use in an assignment, an important skill to learn and develop throughout your studies is the ability to evaluate and critically examine good quality sources. To ensure you are choosing the best sources, review the Evaluating Websites Guide.
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