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Tips for your Term Paper


Tips for your Term Paper

WSDB 290: Library Guide

Basic Background/References: ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Here is a sampling of our relevant ONLINE encyclopedias:



Find Journal Articles: Databases

Though you can use our Sofia Discovery Search to find both books and articles on any topic, DON'T STOP THERE! -- also try any of these databases to identify articles in peer-reviewed journals related to your research topic:

** You can combine any/all 7 databases above in one search by selecting "Choose Databases" at the EBSCO search screen



  • For Quick Tricks on how to enter search terms in most of these databases, see this one-page CHEAT SHEET.
  • Click on the Scholarly/Peer-reviewed journals tab or checkbox in most of the databases above to limit your search to accepted sources. See also Evaluating Sources.
  • You can sort your results by Relevance or by Most Recent Date
  • You can also sometimes find relevant historical material by adding the search terms: history OR 20th to your search.
  • Use the Findit@Concordia button within the databases to try and access the text of the articles. See also Help ACCESSING the texts.

Books & ebooks (ONLINE & print)

at Concordia:
BEYOND Concordia:
  • The Sofia Discovery tool can simultaneously search the catalogues of all Quebec university libraries, and of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Under the Library facet on the left, simply select: Bibliothèques universitaires du Québec or Libraries worldwide.
  • Google Books. Unlike simple library catalogues, this tool searches inside the pages of books. Once you have identified a useful book here, you can search for the print or ebook at Concodia using our Sofia Discovery tool.

*Warning: Though books (or book chapters/essays) can prove to be useful sources for your literature review, it will take more judgment and evaluation on your part to determine if they qualify as scholarly or peer-reviewed research. See the Help Evaluating section of this page for guidance. 

Historical Primary Source Databases

Bibliography & In-Text Citations Format

For help formatting bibliography references and in-text citations, see our Citation & Style Guides, especially these popular formats:

ZOTERO is a free and popular bibliographic management tool
To begin:

  1. DOWNLOAD the appropriate Zotero program for your computer and Connector for your browser
  2. Register for a free account
  3. Learn more via our Zotero help page or workshops


Your professor's instructions should always be the first criteria in determining what qualifies as an appropriate academic source. If you feel you need additional guidance in this area, however, you might find some relevant tips in the guides below.

When evaluating the quality of a variety of material, the following library guide might provide some help:

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