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Brackett Library Mueller Campus: Websites
Use this guide to find quick links and resources at the Brackett Library, a joint use library with Indian River State College and Indian River County.
If you are planning to use the Web for your research, any sources that you find should be authenticated. The sites you locate might contain deceptive, biased, or incorrect information. It will be your job to determine which information meets the rigors of academic research. For this reason, instructors and librarians often encourage students to use only the library's resources, where much of the authentication has already been done for you.
Search for Articles using Google Scholar
To add the FIND TEXT @ IRSC link to your search results, click the bars (also called a hamburger icon) in the top left then click Settings. Next, click on Library Links. Type in Indian River State College and click the magnifying glass and then place a checkmark in the box next to the results and click Save.
What is Scholarly?
When your instructor asks you to find "scholarly" articles, what does that mean?
The best scholarly articles are usually checked out by experts before being published in "peer-reviewed" journals (print and online). Use the library's online databases to find scholarly articles. It's faster and more reliable!
This content be appropriate for junior high, but not for a college paper.
Can I use this website for academic research?
Questions to ask:
Who is responsible for this page or website? Can you find the name of an author, publisher, and/or
sponsor? Look for an "About" or "About Us" link.
Why is this information here? What is the motivation of the author? Is it to sell, persuade, educate, or inform the reader? The domain name may offer a clue. A ".com" website usually has services or goods for sale. Goverment (.gov) and educational (.edu) websites can be safer choices for academic research.
When was the site last updated? Is
there a date on the document you are evaluating? A credible web page should provide
What type of content does this web document contain? Is it an advertisement, a discussion, an opinion, or a scholarly article or essay? Is it part of a print publication? Are references or links provided to help you independently
verify the information? Are the issues or opinions presented
supported by evidence? Or, is the information heavily biased?Bias
may be okay as long as you are aware of