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Course Guide ~ GEOSC 106 / Geologic Hazards: Research Databases

Research Databases

General Sources

Books and Book Chapters

Subject Specialist

Research Librarian for Mathematics & the Sciences
Book a research appointment

News & Primary Sources

Historical Articles

Articles - Science

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources

In order to evaluate sources, try the ACCORD method.

Briefly, ACCORD means:

  • A - Agenda - What was the author's purpose?
  • C - Credentials - Is the author creditable?
  • C - Citations - Does the author cite the work of others?
  • O - Oversight - Did someone have to approve the publication?
  • R - Relevance - Does the source fit your needs?
  • D - Date - How recent is the source?

For more detail, take a look at this guide on evaluating resources

Research Starting Points

Research Starting Points

Have a plan when conducting research:

Ask questions.

  • Think of questions about your topic, and search in databases.
  • After reading articles, think about what interests you. Ask new questions, and look for more information.

Find the starting point.

  • Hamilton Library Catalog - A simple, one-stop search tool for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.  All Searches 
  • Academic Search Premier - Indexes journals across disciplines.  General Searches 
  • Subject Guides - See We Suggest sections for discipline-specific databases.  Advanced Searches 
  • How Do I Find... - News sources, images, statistics, primary sources, and more.  Targeted Searches 

Keep searches simple.

  • Start with a keyword search
  • Enter no more than two or three words connected by the word AND
  • Focus your search by using subject headings

Refine your search.

  • Repeat your search after reading some of the information gathered in the previous step
  • Mine the bibliographies of articles on your topic for additional sources

Get help.

APA Citation Style & RefWorks

APA Citation Style & RefWorks

Request a Research Appointment

Book a Research Appointment

With your project group, book an appointment during the week of October 1-5.

In the appointment content, please indicate your last names and your topic.

Please bring the articles you have located to the appointment.

 Book an appointment

Email Glynis Asu, Science Research Librarian:


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