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Evaluating Information

One of the most basic concepts in doing good research is evaluating the information you plan to use. This is something you likely do already in some form or another, though maybe you don’t think about.

This tutorial, through a series of videos, will provide a framework for thinking critically about all the information you encounter… or making yourself a nice lunch. Hopefully both.

Search for Journals

How Do I Search for Journals?

Do you know the NAME of the journal?

Note: You can find the titles of journals in the CAT, but not the individual articles within the journals. If you are searching for journal articles on a specific topic, go to the Libraries' homepage (libraries.psu.edu) and choose Find Research Guides by Subject. When you find your subject research guide, you will find a list of the databases you can use to find articles.

Search for Books

How Do I Search for Books?

Do you know the Title of the book?

On the Quick Search screen, select "Title" from the drop down menu located next to the search box. Enter the title of the book in the search box. Click on the radio button marked "Begins with (Browse)" above the search box.

Begin Your Research Tutorial

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Where to Start

The library has a lot of tools to help you begin your research, but the most extensive are the Course and Research Guides, listed under Research, on the library's homepage. The video below will give you a high-speed orientation to these amazing tools that shoot straight to the heart of almost any kind of research you can think of.

Keyword Search

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Keyword searching can find patents where specific words are used in the patent document. You can search in the "full text", the entire patent, or in specific "fields," or parts of the patents.

Advantages: Keyword searches are quick and don't require highly specialized search skills. Keyword searches are also most appropriate for technology that does not easily fit into one classification.

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