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How-to Guides

Whether you're starting your first research paper, or working on your senior thesis, these guides will cover everything from finding sources to putting together an annotated bibliography.

Citing Sources

Properly citing sources is an essential component to scholarly research. This guide outlines helpful resources for the three most commonly used citation styles - APA, MLA, and Chicago - as well as where to find additional information on citations.
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Choosing the Right Database

Picking the right resources to start your research can be a daunting task. This guide suggests starting points for searching for books, articles, business and legal information, statistics, and much more.
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Creating an Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography assignment means managing several components, including proper citation style, formatting, and the annotations themselves. This guide includes step-by-step instructions for developing a successful annotated bibliography.
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Database Search Tips

Discover tips and tricks for searching like a pro in the most commonly used databases!
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Distinguish Between Popular and Scholarly Sources

Often instructors will assign research projects that are restricted to using scholarly sources only. This guide gives easy ways to distinguish between popular and scholarly sources, as well as explains why it is essential to know the difference.
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Evaluating Web Sources

In today's world of online research, evaluating the information presented on the open web for authenticity, accuracy, and relevancy is a critical skill to develop. This guide highlights five categories of evaluation to consider when dealing with web resources, as well as a printable checklist.
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Finding Articles

The Scribner Library has access to thousands of print and online scholarly journal articles to support the information needs of the Skidmore community. This guide offers starting points to help you begin your research.
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Finding Books

The Scribner Library has over 350,000 print volumes, including those in our general collection and Special Collections & Archives. This guide will help you get the most out of searching the Library Catalog.
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Finding Book Reviews

Book reviews can be a great source for determining the relevancy and importance of a source to your research, and can also enhance research being done on writers and their works. This guide covers print and electronic resources that contain book reviews, as well as helpful tips for this type of search.
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Finding Images

Images, such as artwork, can serve as the foundation for a research project or illustrate a portion of an argument. This guide helps you navigate the search for images, which can prove difficult.
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Finding Primary Sources

Primary sources, mainly taking the form of letters, diaries, historical newspaper articles, or images, can be tricky to track down due to their unique nature. This guide details great starting points for searching for primary sources in a variety of academic disciplines.
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Finding Movies

The Scribner Library has an extensive collections of films, including documentaries, foreign films, popular movies, and television shows. Find out more about searching for movies in the Library Catalog, and our streaming video collections.
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Finding Music

The Scribner Library has CDs, LPs, scores, and streaming audio databases available for students, faculty, and staff to use. Learn more about finding these unique items in our collection.
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Finding Statistics

Statistics can be an essential component of a research project, and the sources for finding data can range from the United States Census to private firms collecting information on consumer spending. This guide presents a variety of resources, many of which are freely available, for finding statistics.
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Learn More about Copyright

Even though the push for open access to information is making great strides, copyright is still of central importance to libraries. Learn why!
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Locating Books with LC Call Numbers

You've found an item in the catalog you want; now what? This guide gives instructions for using the call number and location associated with an item to find it in the Library.
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Web Searching: Beyond Google

When researching topics out on the web, Google is not the be all to end all. This guide recommends reliable, freely available sites for searching for such items as governement and scientific information, as well as images, video, and much more
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