You are researching the effects of road salt on soil quality.
Use your best critical thinking skills to determine which is the better source for your research paper.
Start your research with the library's search engine Summon.
How can you tell the difference between scholarly, trade, and popular publications? See this page.
Below are the research databases we recommend for starting your article search. You can use these to locate articles in scholarly journals as well as trade publications.
Remember: It's good research strategy to do your searches in MORE THAN ONE database.
To browse the more than 100 databases the Library offers you, please visit our Research database page.
Try these free, open access databases for articles, research, and government reports.
From North Carolina State University Libraries.
Take a minute to read this page from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.
Pay attention to the various situations in which you need to credit your sources.
Then, answer the questions below.
1. You include this statement in the opening of your introduction:
"Soil provides nutrients and water to most plants."
Does a reference need to be provided for this statement?
2. You find a useful diagram on a public site on the Web that you want to include in your assignment. Do you need to tell your reader where it came from?
3. You decide to use one of your own photographs to illustrate a point you are making in your report. How will you refer to this?