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Quick Tips:

Library home page (

  • Books: Search for books on the “books/media” tab.  Books that you can check out of the library are on the second floor of the library.
  • Articles: Search for articles on the “articles” tab.  (If you are off-campus, it will ask you for your MyCollege login information.)
  • Interlibrary loan: If we don’t have the book or article you need, we will borrow it from another library for you.  For free.  Books can take up to a week to get here; articles take 2-3 days.
  • Help:

Avoiding Crap on the web:  The C.R.A.P. Test

  • Currency: When was it written?  Is the information up to date?
  • Reliability: Where did the author(s) get their information?
  • Authority: Who is the author? What are their credentials?
  • Purpose: Is the author trying to sell you something? 

Finding the Pros and Cons of Your Topic

Newspapers are a good source of opinion articles (editorials). The National Newspaper Premier database is a good place to find editorials.  Limit your search to editorials by chosing "Editorials"  under "Document Type" along the left-hand side of the search results page.

The following database also provides the pros and cons about many topics:


From the library homepage, click either the “databases” or “complete list of databases” links. Under “databases by subject”, click “Science”.  Recommended databases are: