Depending on your topic, different types of resources (the web, newspapers, magazines, journals, books, etc.) may be more appropriate than others. You need to be aware of what kind of information is in each type of resource and who is the intended audience.
Choose a resource to search The New York Times; Washington Post; Wall Street Journal General public 1 day - 1 week after the event Newspapers Time; Newsweek; National Geographic General public 1 week - 1 month after the event Popular Magazines Journal of Child Development; Radical pedagogy, etc. Scholars, researchers, and students Several months – years after the event Scholarly journals Dictionary of Art; World Book Encyclopedia; World Almanac General public, specialists Several months – years after the event Reference Sources Negotiating ethnicities in China and Taiwan; The Press of Ideas; Women & Art General public - scholars, researchers, and students At least 1 year – several years after the event Books Examples: Audience Time frame CNN, Entertainment weekly, Amer. Med. Asn General public - scholars, researchers, and students Immediate 7 yrs Web
Research Strategy LOOK FOR INFORMATION Begin your search by looking at these various resources. Look for information Books, journal articles, reports, statistics Government Documents A criticism of a book or article. Book reviews can be found in Choice; Library Journal; Publisher’s Weekly, etc. Book reviews A list of resources about a particular topic. Bibliographies can be found in books and journal articles. Bibliographies CUNY+ catalog; WorldCat database Articles in Books CCNY Libraries – Databases A-Z EBSCOHOST, Lexis-Nexis, New York Times Historical Newspaper articles CCNY Library – Databases A-Z Journals, magazines CUNY+ catalog; Public library catalogs; WorldCat database Books
Whenever you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or otherwise refer to the work of another, you are required to cite its source, either by way of parenthetical documentation or by means of a footnote. Offered here are some of the most commonly cited forms of material.
MLA Style: Documenting Sources from the World Wide Web by the Modern Language Association of America
Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological Association by the APA
Online! Citation Styles by A. Harnack and E. Kleppinger
Internet Citation Guides Ref Works – creates bibliographies from exported citations
Questions? Visit the Reference Desk on the 2 nd Floor and speak to any librarian.