Information Skills for College
Beyond Google: Specialized Search Engines
ENG 112 Library Workshop 2
What will you learn about?
• Session I:
– Internet information sources
– Which are free sources
• Session II:
– Scholarly information sources
– Which are not free, library pays $$
Recap of last workshop
1. Understand how search engines works
2. Use some advanced search strategies in
Google and read URLs
3. Begin asking questions about what you
4. Try a specialized, human built search
Read URLs for
(a company, usually based in U.S.)
(colleges and universities in U.S.)
(non-profits and charities, typically)
(international orgs, United Nations)
(European Union organizations)
AND every country has its own domain (like .CA)
*New* Strategy: Questions
Compare two sources
Source 1: [type name of article]
Source 2: [type name of article]
Compare the two, using the worksheet to do so.
Skim read: What characteristics would compare them along?
After comparing, would you use either source in your paper?
Why (or why not) and how? Discuss with your group.
Always ask these questions
1. Who is the author or creator? (credibility)
2. What do you know about the author/creator? (credibility)
3. Who is publishing or sponsoring the site? (credibility)
4. What is the information itself like? (accuracy/depth)
5. When was the information published? (currency)
Criteria for “Scholarly”
(e.g. Journal of Modern Literature, English
Literature in Transition)
(e.g. New York Times, Newsweek,
Informs, shares original
Entertains, may also
Students, researchers, and
General public, those
Researchers and other
experts in the field
Often written by
reporters of other paid
More in-depth, more details
Usually short, provides
Tells you where the
information came from
Doesn’t usually share
Criteria for Editor reviews it, but not
Peer reviewed; only articles of
superior quality published
a panel of experts
What’s Popular and
Who are These Scholars?
How to Search for Articles
1) Library Home Page>
Search Everything and Beyond
2) Library Home Page >
Research Section > eResources
Search under “Articles” section
Choose a search engine (aka
database) under “Go More In-Depth
What’s the difference between (1) and (2)?
1) Good to use when you are getting started on your research. It gives access to ~70% of
our articles (but can be tricky to use at times).
2) Requires a few extra steps in that you need to go to a different page and choose from a
list of options. CQ Researcher which is great for freshmen won’t appear in the search
results of 1). You’ll also get access to CQ Researcher & the other 30% of articles.
Find popular & scholarly articles:
Academic Search Premier
ProQuest Research Library
For help with research ask your information coaches – Marymount librarians!
all the hours we are open