IRW 115 - Fierman Spring '21: Find Articles

Guide for Danica Fierman's IRW 115 class

Video: What are Library Databases and Why do you Need Them?

Reading a Search Results Page from a Library Database

Library databases are great places to find published articles, but the results pages can be confusing, so this video will give you some tips to help you find useful results.

Advanced Google Searching

One of the best features of Google's Advanced Search is the ability to limit your search to the areas of the web where the information is most reliable, such as education sites or government sites.  The shortcut for this is to add site:edu or site:gov to your regular Google search. 

For example, if you conduct an ordinary Google search for nutritional supplements, most of your top results will be commercial (.com) sites trying to sell you vitamins.  If you search for nutritional supplements site:gov , the top results (except for the sponsored ads) will be sites such as the National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, which are authoritative, unbiased sources that are not trying to sell you anything.  If you search for nutritional supplements site:edu, your top results will be from universities providing research on nutritional supplements. 

Learn more about Advanced Google Searching from this self-paced tutorial: Google Search Tips. 

Reliable news sources

Find current event information from news sources that practice fact-based journalism.  Some recommended sources:

Video: Find Articles through the PCC Library

Note: parts of this video reflect the old PCC Library website and will be updated soon.

Library Article Databases

Search these databases to find articles to help you answer your research question. You will find published newspaper, magazine, and academic (scholarly peer-reviewed) journal articles in these databases, but all databases allow you to limit to specific types of articles- so be sure to look around the page!

You can find over 100 additional databases in specific subject areas to search on the Databases A - Z page on the library website.