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Using the Web for Research

Do you start your research on the Web? If so, you're not alone. Web search engines are fast, easy, and familiar. But, using a search engine to find scholarly material for a research paper can be a daunting task.

Literary criticism written by experts is even harder to find on the Web.You will need to look in books and journals to find scholarly material on your novel. IRSC Library resources are the best place to find this material.

Use the Web with caution! The Web can be a a quick and easy way to find information about your novel (i.e. Wikipedia). Be sure that you know who authors or sponsors the website before using it as a source.

DO NOT use these sources for your paper:

Book reviews     Cliffnotes     Monarch Notes   SparkNotes        Wikipedia         

When & How to Use Wikipedia for Research

Wikipedia is NOT a recommended resource to cite within a scholarly paper, but it can be a good jumping off point to get ideas flowing. Watch this short You Tube video to see how it's done.

Infringement Penalties

Downloading/sharing copyrighted material from IRSC computers without the author’s permission violates the U.S. Copyright Law and IRSC’s acceptable computer use policy.