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The Bean Trees 2007-2009  

A guide to researching for the sophomore Bean Trees project.
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Periodical Sources to Evaluate

These articles are available through the database ProQuest.  Passwords are needed for home access.


Evaluating Periodicals

Research Strategies

1.  Start by getting background on your topic.

  • If you don't know anything about it, you should go to a general encyclopedia and brush up on the basics.  You will not cite a general encyclopedia on your final project's works cited page.  This is for your own purposes- to get yourself familiar with it before doing real research.
  • Look up your topic in a specialized encyclopedia.   Use Gale Virtual Reference Library.   It is a database full of substantive reference books.  You may cite these in your project because they are substantive or scholarly sources.

2.  Look for a book on your topic.   First try GlenCat and search both Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South.    Then, try Northbrook Public Library.  

3.  Use ProQuest advanced search to find current periodical articles.  See what is being written about your topic in recent magazines and newspapers.

4.  Use Google Advanced Search

  Combine key terms, use quotation marks for phrases

Limit search domain to
  • .org: An advocacy web site, such as a not-for-profit organization.
  • .edu: A site affiliated with a higher education institution. 
  • .gov: A federal government site.                 

  Backtrack the URL-look past the / to find the original source web page


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