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ISS 3010: Introduction to the Social Sciences  

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Evaluating Your Sources

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    Research does not only involve finding sources, but also involves evaluating sources. This guide identifies basic criteria for judging an information source.


Welcome to the course guide for ISS 3010.  This guide is your portal to research at the USF Library.

Finding books:

To locate books at the USF Library check the library catalog. You may also browse the library by subject area.  The library follows the Library of Congress Classification system. 

Finding Articles:

Finding articles based on a subject or topic is simplified by using our databases.  Databases allow you to search many journals at once.  Often databases are discipline based, only indexing journals relevant to certain academic fields. An excellent database relevant for all social science disciplines is Social Sciences Full Text.

If you already have a citation for an article, you can check our electronic holdings of the journal by going to the e-journal link on the library homepage.  Enter in the title of the journal and the electronic holdings will be displayed.  Check the catalog for print holdings.

Indentifying Disciplines:

Often, identifying the discipline of a source in the social sciences is difficult.  Some things to consider include:

1. Content/Perspective

2. Author Affiliation/Department

3. Source Title or Description

4. Call Number


If you have any questions about using library resources, please don't hesitate to Ask a Librarian!


Avoiding Plagarism

Below are a list of links from reputable Web sites that offer great tips and strategies for avoiding plagiarism.


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