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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.
Find Books, Articles, DVDs, and more
Search these databases to find articles on topics related to geography. I would also suggest looking at the full list of library databases, as geographical research can be multidisciplinary. Some research projects might require searching areas such as geology, environmental science, history, sociology, and anthropology.
Google Scholar searches the web for scholarly articles, reports, books, and other materials. If using Google Scholar from a PCC campus, you can access full text articles. If PCC has access to an article, a "Find it @ PCC" link will appear to the right of the search result. Click “Find it @ PCC” to go to the library catalog where you will be offered a choice to view the article. From home, you will need to set your Google Scholar preferences to access PCC Library resources. See How to Search PCC Library on Google Scholar for directions on how to set your Google Scholar preferences at home.