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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for Kirk Library patrons.

Research

Where do I start?

Talk to a librarian

Centralia College librarians are available to help you 9 am - 4 pm, M-F in person, through email, and by phone. AND we have a 24/7 chat service where you can talk to a librarian any time you need!

Use our step-by-step research guide

This site gives practical advice for questions that you might have while you research for your assignment(s).

 

How can I tell if a website is credible?

There are many things to think about when looking for a credible website. Linked is a helpful (and short) video

Some instructors might use the CRAP test (Where you search for Currency, Reliability/Relevance, Authority/Author, and Purpose). 

Another great way to find a credible website is to use the SIFT model (stop and check your emotions, investigate the source, find better coverage, and trace claims, quotes, and media back to the original source). 

 

Who can I ask for research help?

Our librarians, Julie, Ryer, and Katie can help you through the process of research.

Centralia College librarians are available to help you 9 am - 4 pm, M-F in person, through email, and by phone. AND we have a 24/7 chat service where you can talk to a librarian any time you need!

Every subject has a librarian. If you have a complex question you can contact your subject librarian directly to set up an appointment. 

 

How do I access the library resources when I’m off campus?

We have lots of books, but most of the Kirk Library's collection is actually online and accessible through OneSearch and research databases. When off campus, start your search from those pages or the Kirk Library homepage. Subscription materials will prompt you to login with your Centralia College ID number and last name.

 

What is a scholarly or academic article?

Scholarly, also known as academic, articles are great sources of information when you want the latest research findings, straight from the experts studying it. These articles are written for other experts in the field, so they will be very dense and written with lots of technical jargon. Don't let that scare you away though. With some reading strategies, some patience, and some practice you can make use of the information packed into scholarly articles.

Visit our library page all about scholarly articles to learn more!

 

What is a peer reviewed article?

Peer-review is an extra step that some scholarly journal articles go through. Peer-reviewed articles go through a process where they are analyzed by experts in a field before being published..

  • articles are examined for accuracy and quality of research

  • reviewers decide if the article adds to the content of the field

Peer-reviewed articles can be found by searching OneSearch or our databases and selecting the "peer-reviewed" button. If you are searching online, you can also look for the submitted and accepted dates on the front page of the article, or search the journal online (e.g. Journal of Pediatrics) to see if they have peer-review. 

Remember: articles can be scholarly (written and published for an academic audience), yet not go through the peer-review process.

 
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