AP World History Research - Oftedal, Spring 2017
Important Research Tip!
- Sometimes finding what you're looking for is all about finding the right keywords. Think of alternative search terms for your topic, and try a variety of searches using multiple databases as well as Google.
Resources for Working Bibliography
- Remember that databases and ebooks have citations already done for you. You do not need to use EasyBib to get citations. Databases and ebooks provide citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago style.
- When using EasyBib to get citations for website sources, make sure to select MLA 8 and to fill in all the information requested. (Pay attention to the items highlighted in red boxes!)
- Sample Works Cited Page in MLA 8
- How to Create a Hanging Indent
Resources for Annotated Bibliography
- Sample Annotated Bibliography in MLA 8
- Additional MLA Resources on Library Website (hover over MLA Format tab)
Information Resources (Digital)
- Check our ebook collection for a comprehensive, reliable overview of your topic
- Consult our databases for in-depth academic research information on your topic. AP Source will have the greatest amount of original research (scholarly journal articles). The Gale databases (Student Resources, Opposing Viewpoints, and Biography) will have the greatest variety of types of sources (newspapers, magazines, primary sources, videos, podcasts, etc.).
- AAPLE: Consult the Biography in Context database for a plethora of resources on a variety of past and present leaders.
A few words about Google:
- What shows up on the first page of your Google search has absolutely nothing to do with a source's credibility. Just because it's on the first page doesn't mean it's good evidence.
- Using site:edu with your search terms will get you to academic information more quickly, but beware of student papers when using this strategy.
- Always ask: What is the source of this information and what do I know about the source? Know how to investigate authors and publishers, and always cross verify information.
- Know that the vast majority of academic information (usually in the form of scholarly journals) is not available on Google. Information experts estimate that Google indexes only 3% of the world's information.