Some databases include a variety of types of publications (scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, etc.) and content types (articles, book reviews, commentary, etc.) Look for type and content designations in search results.
Scholarly journals are written by and for scholars. In databases, look for a option to limit results to peer-reviewed scholarly articles.
SAMPLE SUBJECT HEADINGS IN CBBCAT:
Find other digitized primary source material: Do a Google search of your tribe name or interest area and add these words and phrases:
Find other resource suggestions in other library guides, especially guides created by libraries at universities and colleges associated with your topic or located in related geographical areas. Use the word Libguide in your search, the tribe name and Site: .edu.
For a more precise search, from the Google results, click on: Settings > Advanced Search
You can then narrow your search by entering .edu or .gov or .org in the Site or Domain box
Use "Advanced Search" - In Google, do an initial search, but on the results page, click on Settings then Advanced Search. Use the "Find Pages With" search boxes to finesse your keyword combinations.
Search precisely - Zoom in. Do pre-research in databases and author websites to identify the names of respected Web publications and blogs and search with author names.
Add format designations - E.g. blogs, "tribal council", "digital collection"
Limit by "Site or Domain" - .edu limits results to output from educational institutions
Expand your search if results are too limited - Try synonyms. Try changing specific author names to broader classifications.
Evaluate Extremely Carefully! - Investigate every source by doing separate searches of source creators, authors and publications. Every source you interact with is a conversation. With whom are you talking? What are their values and motivations? Are they trustworthy? Are they getting their information from reliable sources and interpreting evidence fairly and intelligently? Who is the intended audience?
Know the Limitations of Web Searching - Most scholarly articles are either not found by search engines or are behind paywalls. Information is sorted and ranked according to commercial/consumer/popular considerations. Information is not vetted for accuracy or reliability.
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CBBcat includes both scholarly books and books intended for a general audience.
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