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D. Gordon - Guide to Library Resources & Research Help


This guide will help you gather sources for your Researched Argument paper.

For your paper, you need to support your claims using at least four high quality secondary sources and a primary source. You can gather many of your secondary sources by using this guide.

Secondary sources for this assignment include:

  • books
  • peer-reviewed journal articles
  • in-depth articles from periodicals such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, National Review, and The Nation
  • high quality Internet sources (Google Scholar, Google Books,
  • reliable general interest websites (, 

Books & Media from Other Libraries - WorldCat

WorldCatWorldCat is a library catalog that lists over 1.5 billion books, media and other materials from over 70,000 libraries worldwide.

Many of these items you can have sent to you here at UWGB for free.

As you search, click on the red Find It button and sign in to request the book/library item. We will e-mail you when your item(s) get delivered to UWGB for pick-up. 

Google Books

Search Google Books to find relevant materials on the topic you are researching. Many of the books will only give a "limited preview." Use Search@UW to locate a full copy of the books you are interested in.

Search@UW - one search for books, articles, and more

Search@UW - Using one search, you can discover books from the UW libraries and UWGB, plus articles, and more. 


Searching for Articles - Using the Library Databases

Search the library's databases below to gather articles on your topic. For a full list of databases, go to the Databases by Subject page.

Links to Periodicals (Magazines & Newspapers)

Try searching for articles on your topic from the following periodicals (magazines & newspapers):

Library Databases Tip: Find-It Button

Library Tip: When searching in a database, if you do not see a link to the copy of an article, click on the Find-It button. This will search our resources to locate an online copy.

If no online copy is available, you will be directed to our interlibrary loan page where you can place a request for the article.

Different Categories of Articles

Is my article from a scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal, a trade publication, magazine, or newspaper? This handout explains:

Scholarly Journals

Oftentimes, your professor may want you to find a scholarly, peer-reviewed article.

Characteristics of peer-reviewed articles:

  • Based on original research.
  • Written by an expert: professor, researcher, scholar, scientist.
  • Length: usually at least 5 pages. Sometimes upwards of 20 pages.
  • Always cites sources. Look for a list of sources at the end of the article, or footnotes at the bottom of each page.
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles are often called: scholarly, academic, refereed.
  • NOT a magazine article or newspaper article.

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a subset of Google that contains citations to articles, books, and other academic sources. Many of citations will have a Find-It @ UW-Green Bay link that will direct you to Cofrin Library online content. If you have questions about accessing materials through Google Scholar, let us know.

Evaluating Information

This guide has tips on evaluating information:

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