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A Research IDEA: EXPLORE

A teaching guide for research

Explore Different Viewpoints, Types of Resources and Data About Your Topic

  • Develop and maintain an open mind when encountering varied and sometimes conflicting perspectives. 
  • Practice thinking critically when confronting new learning--look for authoritative sources. 
  • Discover citation management features, moving from searching for information to information management strategies.
  • Always be ready to reassess and alter your search strategy for better results.

Search Most Ivy Tech Library Resources

Explore Journal Articles - Listing of Databases

From IDEA to Library Journal Article

Explore Books and eBooks - Links

Loan Periods: Books in print can be checked out for 2 weeks with up to 4 renewals if there are no previous holds.

Explore Websites - Links

How Search Works in Google

How to Spot Fake News

  • Consider the Source - Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
  • Check the Author - Do a quick search on the author.  Are they credible?  Are they real?
  • Check the Date - Re-posting old news stories doesn't mean they're relevant to current trends.
  • Check your Biases - Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment.
  • Read Beyond - Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks.  What's the whole story?
  • Supporting Sources?  Click on those links.  Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
  • Is it a Joke?  If it is too outlandish, it might be satire.  Research the site and author to be sure.
  • Ask the Experts - Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.

(From the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

For an example of Fake News, see this example.

For an example of Website that is not credible, click here.

Quick Search of 3 Major Journal Article Sources

Research Databases
Limit Your Results

Explore Books - Search

  • Use this IvyCat quick search for Ivy Tech Central Indiana Libraries (including ebooks):

Need help? Check out our Guide to Using IvyCat

Explore eBooks

Explore Websites - Google It

Google Web Search

Explore Websites - Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

To set up Google Scholar to show which articles are available for free through the Ivy Tech Library resources, click here, then click Save.