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Q Course: Home

A guide to databases and other resources available from the Unversity Libraries to help students in the Q Course.

Don't Get Overwhelmed

Learn how to make homework more manageable.

Instead of using Wikipedia

Wikipedia is fine for quick answers but it's not a reliable source for academic research. Anyone can contribute content to Wikipedia and there is no guarantee that the information posted is accurate.  

You have some academic options when you need a quick overview on a topic:

Try the Library's discovery tool! Enter a topic in the search box and then click on Research Starter in the results.  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page for the citation.

Try Britannica Online! It's also an online encyclopedia but it's not a wiki so there is less risk of incorrect information.

Try Opposing Viewpoints!  It's a database that includes newspapers, magazines, video, audio and general reference sources.  But it also provides an overview on many topics.

Once you find your topic, check the bottom of the page for citation information.

Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to help students find appropriate materials for doing college level research.

Use the tabs above to navigate the site.

  • Find Articles - Find scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed, popular, and news articles on your research topic.
  • Find Books - Find print and eBooks related to your topic.
  • Where Can I Find...? Where to look for the type of information you need.
  • What Do I Do When...? Ways to resolve various search problems.
  • Research Tutorials - Interactive and video tutorials to help you with your research.
  • Citation - Find out about tools and sites that offer help with handling citation.
  • Plagiarism - Make sure you understand the issues involved including examples of good and bad paraphrasing.

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Reference Librarian

Jennifer DeVito
Contact:
Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library
S-3417
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3300
631.632.9731
Website / Blog Page

Librarian

Jennifer DeVito
Contact:
Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library
S-3417
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3300
631.632.9731
Website / Blog Page