This page provides a summary of the Library resources and research tools we explored in the HORT 1104 library orientation. I will keep it up for you for the remainder of the semester. Check back for search tips and resources as you work through your assignments.
Celia Brinkerhoff, Horticulture Librarian
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 assignments.
Start your research with the library's search engine Summon.
If your question is: What is the effect of soil pH on nitrogen uptake?
Identify the key terms in your question.
What is the effect of soil pH on nitrogen uptake?
Need some background on your topic, or familiarize yourself with terminology, key chemical processes, or various perspectives? Try looking for a reference book on your topic.
If database searching is new for you, learn the benefits of using them in your research, with this short video from Yavapai Community College Library.
Don't know if KPU has a particular journal or magazine? Use the Journal by Title search to find out if the Library subscribes.
Once you've searched the Library's databases, check Google Scholar for more articles and reports. Use the "Where Can I Get This?" link to take you to articles available through KPU's subscriptions.
Using Google Scholar off campus? Go to "settings", then look for "library links". Add Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library, and your search results will include links to items available through the Library's collection.
You've been asked to only use scholarly sources in your assignment, but how do you really know what you're looking at?
Check out KPU Library's guide on how to distinguish different kinds of publications.
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.
Not all journals and academic publishers are legitimate. Some use deceptive tactics to lure authors into paying to have their work published in for-profit journals that use little or no peer-review.
Check this guide from University of Saskatchewan Library for further details.
From North Carolina State University Libraries.
Try asking these questions of any article, website, or post.
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?