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Freshmen Research: Finding Sources

Expository Paper

     Where to Search

Source Review

The most helpful sources for your research paper will be those sources that are provided by Ashley High Media Center.

These will include:

It is very important to login with the appropriate passwords to these sites to get the best results. Make sure you have the necessary passwords from the librarian or your teacher.

Online Research : Tips for Effective Search Strategies

Use Boolean Operators to help expand or narrow your searches. (3:04 min) Make sure you are logged into your Google account to watch video.

Follett Destiny Library Catalog

Search Our Catalog for Books. Use your Powerschool login. 


Search Webpath Express for Academic Websites. You need to login before you have access. Use your Powerschool login.

GVRL : Gale Virtual Reference Library


Search GVRL for ebooks on your topic.

Searching GVRL Tutorial

Suggested Databases for Expository Research

    Reliable full-text biographies.

   All topics:articles,videos, ebooks, primary sources, website links.

    Health information.

    Reliable information on thousands of topics.

     Music and Art topics.

    U.S. and world history: journals & primary sources.

    Science journals, books and images.

    Current and authoritative information all topics.

    Current events, social, political, economic, scientific issues.

    Covers global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling.

Why Use Library Databases? (Univ. of Michigan)

While the narrator refers to "impressing your instructor" as a reason to use databases, understand that the reason they will be impressed is because you are using reliable, academic sources for academic work. (2:00 min)

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