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Research: A Step-by-Step Guide: Other Resources

This guide walks you through the steps of the research process. You'll learn about tools you can use for researching any topic, how to evaluate the sources you find, and how to get help. Especially useful for English 102 students.

Interlibrary Loan Request

If you have determined that the item you are looking for is not available through either Kirk Library or Timberland Regional Library, it may be possible for us to obtain the item from another library via inter-library loan (ILL). Please use the form below to initiate an ILL request. Before doing so, please review the information about the ILL service included on the form:

Government Documents

Government documents are an important primary source of information on a wide range of issues. They can be found through a search of government websites.

 

Research Reports

Research reports contain the results of research projects, investigations, and surveys, and are usually published by the funder or the institution undertaking the research.

They can be found by searching the websites of specific associations and research organizations, in addition to library databases and Google Scholar.

Here are a couple of examples: 

Wikipedia

Wikipedia is an open-source encyclopedia on the web. Wikipedia is great for looking up quick facts or getting a general overview of a topic; however, it should never be used as a source in a research paper. Because it is open source, virtually anyone can edit pages, increasing the likelihood that misinformation - intentional or not - will occur.

Wikipedia is particularly problematic regarding social and political issues. Because people's passions and opinions run deep, Wikipedia articles on controversial topics like Wal-Mart are "flamed," or changed so often that they are locked down, and essentially no longer an open source. Be particularly aware of the orange "warning bars," which indicate that the information does not meet quality standards.