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ECA English: Finding Sources at the EMU Library

Developing a Topic and Search Words

Finding Articles on Current / Controversial Topics

Find Books Using the Library Catalog

Online Reference Books

Online reference books are really useful for background information. All of the sources that are compiled in the database listed below are print books that have been digitized and put in a searchable format.

Search for Articles Using Esearch

This search finds newspaper, magazine, and journal articles.

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Other Places to Search for Articles

Esearch is a good starting place when you're looking for articles, but if you find the list of results overwhelming, you can search in another database. You can look at our entire list of databases, or try one of the interdisciplinary databases listed below.

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Why do I need to evaluate information?

When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it. But is it accurate and reliable? You will have to determine this for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. 


Information can be evaluated by looking at these five criteria: 

  • Currency: The timeliness of the information
  • Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs
  • Authority: The source of the information
  • Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content
  • Purpose: The reason the information exists

See our guide on evaluating sources for more information on this process. 


For evaluating news sources, take a look at this Media Bias Chart (static version can be found here.)