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This guide has been designed to assist you with answering your critical thinking essay questions. As your instructor has indicated, after thoroughly reading your required readings (textbook chapters, etc.) you are asked to conduct some independent outside research to find out what others, particularly scholars who are experts in their own fields, are saying on the topic.
Use the tabs above to navigate through the other pages of the guide:
Start Your Research - Finding background information in online encyclopedias, concept mapping your topic, and brainstorming key terms for searching.
Find Sources - Find books and articles related to geography topics available through the PCC Library and beyond.
Evaluating Sources and Peer Review - Describes what peer-review is, the differences between scholarly and popular sources, and how you can tell if a source is academic/scholarly.
Cite Sources - Tips and tools for citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Get Help - Get help from a librarian 24x7, get support from a tutor, or find a handout or tutorial to help you with your research.
Intro to the Library Website and Library Services (new remote version)
This 4:20 video provides an overview of the library website and highlights the many services PCC Library can provide through its website even when PCC campuses are closed and students and faculty are working remotely.
Doing Research? Try the Geography Research Tutorial
This interactive tutorial will help you find quality sources for Geography research assignments using Library databases and Google Scholar.