Here is a 3 minute video - Evaluating Sources for Credibility created by the library or North Carolina State University
If you want to talk through the credibility of a source - Use the Ask US button
Key Words are the main Search words used to find articles on the topic.
Here is an example of keywords that would be used to search on information about energy. Note If you search petroleum, less likely to find information on Water Energy. Yet if you search Fossil fuels, you could find information on Petroleum, Oil, Coal, Natural Gas and Gasoline. Experimenting with different keywords helps you to expand or shrink your search in any database.
Once you find a good article that is on track to what you are looking for in an article. Copy the whole article into a Word Cloud Generator. This generator will show you a visual of much used words to help you find other keyword terms you can use in your database research.
From this word cloud you can see to add in to your searching: refinery, or fuels, or processes, or emissions depending on your topic, some of the smaller words help narrow your searching.
Citation for this Word Cloud
When you find a non-fiction book about your topic, Usually books will have a list of Sources or a Bibliography at the back. This lists out all the sources the author used in their research. You can search for these sources, read them, and use them in your research on the topic.
Scholarly / Academic Sources will also have a list of sources and citations for you to read and access also. Look for at the back of the book or at the end of the article.
What is Plagiarism? the unacknowledged use of somebody else's words or ideas.
If you quote in a submission or paper - Give the citation of where it came from.
If you use ideas from another source in a submission or paper - Give the citation of where is came from.
If you paraphrase information from another, as in changing the words but keeping the meaning in a submission or paper - Give the citation of where it came from.
If you submit a paper or assignment that is written by another person, You would be submitting the assignment as if it was your own work, when it was not. Do not do this.
Note: If you collaborated with a group and you wrote part, and others wrote parts, when each group member's name is on the submission, this is giving all the authors, and researchers credit. This is not plagiarism.
Create a Basic Weekly Schedule
something that includes all the scheduled events, classes, work, other weekly commitments
Access through My LCCC - email, includes access to the outlook Calendar. Could be used for this weekly scheduling.
Or Use Word with the many templates of Calendars
Download-able templates through the Word app, connected to your My LCCC email.
Fill a semester long Calendar
Put in all assignments when due. Put stars next to the assignments that need several sessions to lead up to the assignment to complete them. If 2 sessions of 2 hours, 2 stars, if 5 sessions of two hours, 5 stars. You can then plan up to that assignment approximately how much time you need to complete it.
Each Week is Unique - add the assignments, readings, and any 2 hours sessions of work for big projects that need to be complete that week.
E-Books - Search Term "Time Management"
Click on the cover if signed into My LCCC for the ebook access
Libby EBooks or Audio Books available, must sign into the database separately using your LCCC library card # and Pin. Here are a few titles -
Give yourself breaks.
I usually set a 20 or 30 minute timer to get up and move when I am working on long projects or reading several chapters. Literally stand-up walk around your chair and get back to it.
Set aside time to have fun
play games, read, exercise, watch TV and take some downtime. At the library you can check out board games, several streaming videos to help with yoga or a recreational movies are available through Databases – Kanopy or Films on Demand
E-Books or Audio Books through Libby
Use Campus Involvement (Find in MyLCCC) to meet others with similar interests.
The Ludden Library's Makers Space and Innovation Lab has monthly events free and open to the public and students.
Do Not Forget to Eat and Sleep!
ASK for Help!
At the Ludden Library, we are happy to help with research and using databases.
Instructors are there to give clarification on assignments and course content.
Library Learning Commons Tutors are available to talk through assignments, and add a boost of help.
If you don't know where to ask for help - start at the library - We are good at finding resources for all types of questions. We can point you in a helpful direction, if we cannot find the answer. We want you to succeed!
|Literature Criticism Online
Literature criticism, including short story, poetry & drama
|Literature Resource Center
Author biographies, literary criticism
|Gale Virtual Reference Library
All subjects; extensive collection of reference books
Humanities and social sciences journal articles
|For the most part, you will find good literary criticism in this database. Again, just be savvy when searching and look for clues that you have found a critical article. Be sure that it is not a biography of the author or simply a summary of the plot.
How to Read A Scholarly Article? video 7 min created by North Carolina State University
Note: Although these online citation builders have been developed to provide consistent citations with the rules set out by the citation style guides, users are ultimately responsible for the citations and need to proofread them for accuracy.