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Engl 106: Reading Culture (Tremblay-McGaw): Where to Find Good Sources

Where to Find Good Sources

Depending on the type and the amount of information you need, you use different tools.  The library offers numerous databases to help you find background information, newspaper and magazine articles,  scholarly articles from academic journals, videos and documentaries, etc.   And of course, you can use Google to find all kind of information (blogs, commentaries, information from organizations, etc), but remember that you need to evaluate the sources to see if they are reliable.  

Definitions and Background Information on Your Form

To find a broad overview or a definition of your form, try one of these reference sources collection. 

Credo Reference

Gale Virtual Reference 

Oxford Art Online


To find books available at SCU, use:

OSCAR  (the online catalog)

Check the location of the books.  They can be located in the main stacks (lower level) or in the Automated Retrieval System.  Also, more and more books are now available in electronic format. 

Use library databases to find articles (scholarly and popular) on your topic

The following databases are good places to start looking for research papers. Choose a multidisciplinary  or a discipline specific one, depending on your topic.  

Multidisciplinary Databases

Newspaper & Magazines

Ethnic Studies

Arts & Humanities Databases

Social Sciences

Browsing By Subject

To browse all SCU databases by subject, visit the Databases By Subject page.  

Documentaries and Videos

Blogs and Social Media Posts

To keep very current on the topic of interest to you,  search Twitter or do a Google search to find blogs on the topic. 

Example:                   Graffiti and blogs



To find images you can use for your papers or presentations, tryh:

Contains more than 1.9 million high-quality digital images for educational and research use. In addition to reproductions of a wide range of works of art and architecture from all times and places throughout the world, the collection also contains photographs and other images useful for study in many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Updated continually.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons lets you find images that are copyright free, meaning that you can use them legally, as long as you provide attribution.