Welcome to the STCC Library! 

Contact Information:

Katie Flynn

Reference & Instruction Librarian


Why Are YOU Here?

  • To get you thinking about your research.

  • To help you find appropriate & accurate resources.

  • Because the sheer amount of information that is available now is overwhelming! (AKA "Infoglut")



You don't want to end up feeling like this feline friend!


Why Does This Matter?

  • For your research projects or papers, you will need to show how your ideas relate to those of others.
  • You'll have to do this MANY times, why not have a handle on it now?

  • In most cases, you'll want to use articles from scholarly journals to support your arguments because they are written by experts, include references you can consult , and have been carefully edited (which means they are typically more accurate & reliable). 

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this session: 

  • Students WILL be able to select the source type(s) most appropriate for their specific assignment.

  • Students WILL be able to apply a set of evaluative criteria to an outside source in order to gauge its credibility/reliability. 

What is "BAD" Information?

  1. Is too general.
  2. Presents a biased view.
  3. Expresses opinions as if they were facts.
  4. NOT helpful.

Is like saying hopping on one foot and rubbing your belly will cure the common cold...its unsubstantiated! 

"Bad" Information: Contextual Example

Website: martinlutherking.org

Claims to be: “A valuable resource for teachers and students alike.”  You can read the “truth” about MLK.

"Bad" Information: Contextual Example

THAT SITE HOWEVER is not affiliated with the King Center.

martinlutherking.org is rather, the “white supremists” online community created by former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard. 

Biased Websites or Sources

  • Everyone has an opinion!
  •  Examples from the current political climate
    • Fox News = Conservative
    • CNN = Liberal
    • The Catholic Digest = Religious

What is "GOOD" Information?

  1. Valid.
  2. Reliable.
  3. Timely.


  • It can be a good STARTING POINT for further research.

  • You may have to pay for content ($$$) 

  • The text is not always available for download or viewing.


  • Some searches still yield results with little relevance on top.
  • Google's coverage is wide-ranging but not comprehensive. It can be a research source, but should not be the only source you use.
  • Results often vary in quality.


  • Editing is open to ANYONE.
  • Most of the time NOT a reliable source.
  • It is a good jumping off point. However it is NOT a scholarly source.
  • No way of knowing if it will be there when you go back to the page.
  • The cited sources or references could be useful if they come from a source that has a good reputation but that is up to your personal discretion.
    • check with your professor, instructor or librarian.

Types of Information 

How Do YOU Evaluate A Resource? 

Think CAARP!

C - Currency

A - Authority

A - Accuracy

  R - Relevance

P - Purpose 

Example: Fairness

  • The National Rifle Association compiles plenty of data to promote its own agenda.
  • Important to keep in mind: even a biased source can contribute relevant facts and data.
    • It’s your job to support or refute the arguments!

Its All About Perspective

Where Could YOU Find Resources (Besides the INTERNET)

  • We have many RELEVANT, RELIABLE FULL TEXT articles.

  • If we do not have them in full text, you can order the article through interlibrary  loan (ILL) and it can be e-mailed directly to YOU! 


  • Most importantly, it is FREE!

Examples of Popular Magazines

Scholarly Journal Articles

-Are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars (ex. chemists, historians, doctors, artists etc.)

- Use technical language.

-Tend to be longer articles about research.

-Include full citations for sources used.

-Are often peer-reviewed (articles are reviewed by an editor and other subject specialists before being accepted for publication).

-Note: book reviews and editorials are NOT considered scholarly articles, even when found in scholarly journals.

Examples of Scholarly Journals

A Quick Comparison


Before YOU Go Please...

  • Write down 1 thing you learned from this session.

  • Write down 1 thing you WISHED you had learned from this session.

                   Thank You!       

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