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Search tips

  • Use filters (on the right) to narrow results. Especially useful are "Available Online," "Resource Type," and "Creation Date."
  • Use quotation marks around your search terms to search for the entire phrase
    • Ex: "shopping mall"
  • Use synonyms and related terms
    • Ex: shopping center, shopping centre
  • Try adding additional search terms or more specific terms to narrow your search
    • Ex: shopping mall design, shopping mall interior design, shopping mall architecture
  • Use an asterisk (*) after the root of a search term to include multiple endings
    • Ex: Searching architect* will find architecture, architectural, architect, architects, etc.
  • Type NOT before a search term to exclude it from the results

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Criteria for evaluating sources


  • Who is the author of the source?
  • Are they a qualified expert on the topic? What are their credentials/organizational affiliation?
  • Who is the publisher or sponsor of the source? Are they reputable and reliable?


  • What is the intended purpose of the source?

             - To inform or educate?       - To persuade?       - To entertain?       - To sell a product?

  • Who is the intended audience of the source?
  • Is there evidence of any potential biases?


  • Is the information accurate? How was the information generated? (original research? opinion?)
  • Are sources of information properly referenced?
  • What review process has the information gone through before it was published? (peer review? editor?)
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Where else to get help

  • Library chat - Click the blue chat button on the bottom right of any library webpage
  • For citation and writing help, Student Learning Services offers virtual appointments with their Writing & Learning Specialists.