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History Research: History 202AH

Evaluating Sources

Using strategies and tips from the guide: “Evaluating Information from Web Pages”, decide whether the following pages would be good quality sources to use for a college research paper.

Source Examples:

  1. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  2. Gender pay gap
  3. Know Your Rights: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  4. The Supreme Court Chipping Away at Title VII: Strengthening It or Killing It?

Searching the "OneSearch" Database

Define your research topic or question, e.g.:
What is the impact of community colleges on social or economic inequality?

OneSearch on campus or off-campus w/ library card
Search most of Skyline Library's article databases and book catalog to find a wide range of articles (and other documents) from academic journals, popular magazines, reference sources, e-books & other sources plus print books available in the library

(Click on the link above to open a new database window.)

To search for more than one "concept", click on Advanced Search below the Search box (in the database window)

  • In the first search box, type the search word(s) for the first concept related to your topic.
    - Type an OR between synonymous words or phrases for the same concept,
    e.g. "community colleges" OR "junior colleges" 
    - Use an *  to search for multiple words from the same root.
    - Use quote marks (“ ”) around search phrases (multiple words that should be searched together), e.g. "media use"
  • In the next search box, type the search word(s) for the next concept related to your topic,
    e.g. inequality OR inequity OR bias OR discrimination OR equity OR "pay gap"
    - Type an OR between synonymous words for the same concept.
    - Use an * to search for multiple words from the same root, e.g. child* will find articles with the words: child or children.
    - Use quote marks (“ ”) around search phrases (multiple words that should be searched together)
  • In the next search box, type the search word(s) for the next concept related to your topic,
    e.g. social or economic OR income OR racial OR gender OR ethnic* 
    -Type an OR between synonymous words for the same concept.
  • Click the “Search” button to begin a search
  • When the results page is displayed, click on an article title to see detailed information and a summary of the article.
  • To see the full-text of an article, click on PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text at the left of the detailed information page
  • Once you find one article specifically on your topic, click on any relevant subject headings (near the top of the article page) to find more articles on that topic.
  • To print or e-mail an article, click on the print or e-mail buttons at the right of the article.