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WSDB 291:
Library Tips for your Writing an Introduction Assignment

Find Articles: Discovery Search and Article Databases

Our DISCOVERY SEARCH is great, but can be overwhelming!

Also try these databases to find academic articles in peer-reviewed  journals:

Any or all of these 6 EBSCO  databases above can be searched TOGETHER
*just select Choose Databases

 You may also like:

  • JSTOR (most recent years often missing)
  • Google Scholar
    TIP: click on the "Cited By" link underneath the citations you find to get more recent sources



  • For Quick Tips 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
  • Use the Findit@Concordia button within the databases to try and access the text of the articles. See also Help ACCESSING the texts.

Find Books: Discovery Search and Library Catalogue

Books can provide more in-depth information than articles, with more history and context.
You can use our DISCOVERY SEARCH box to find books but DON'T STOP there!


Though books (or book chapters/essays) can prove to be useful sources for your research paper, it will take more judgment and evaluation on your part to determine if they qualify as appropriate quality sources. See Evaluating Sources for some general guidelines.

Bibliography & In-Text Citations Format

FORMATTING GUIDES -- Bibliography and In-text Citations:



ZOTERO is a free and popular citation tool
(and our new alternative to RefWorkswhich will be phased out by April 2020)

To begin:

Encyclopedias for Additional Context

Encyclopedias can help you define the broader issues and themes related to your research paper topic from an academic point of view.

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