Rensselaer Libraries

WRIT 2110

Posted: Jul 1, 2011

| Evaluating Information | Scholarly vs Popular Publications | Current Events Resources |

| Multidisciplinary Research Databases | Style guides |

Evaluating Information

Evaluating Information, a basic checklist : created by the American Library Association

Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources : created by the staff, UCLA Libraries

Scholarly versus Popular Publications

Characteristics of Scholarly Journals, Trade Journals and Popular Magazines : created by the staff, University at Albany Libraries

Popular Magazines VS Trade Magazines VS Scholarly Journals : created by the staff, Colorado State University Libraries

Current Events Resources

Books in the Libraries' collections

Libraries' guide to Hot Topics resources

Government resources web guide

News and Current Events in the Libraries' collections

Alternative News Sources

  • : "This nonpartisan Web site promises "no spin" on the current issues it summarizes. Materials of national importance are gathered from think tanks, news sources, advocacy groups, and policy analysts and presented in summary form with links to sources for more information. Both sides are presented on such topics as educational issues (vouchers, charter and magnet schools, teacher accountability), gun control, privatization of social security, taxes (flat, inheritance, sales), foreign policy, and defense."
  • is "a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism. The AlterNet article database includes more than 7,000 stories from over 200 sources."
  • FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, the national media watch group, "has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. As an anti-censorship organization, we expose neglected news stories and defend working journalists when they are muzzled."
  • The Journalist's Toolbox "features more than 20,000 Web resources helpful to the media and anyone else doing research. Use the pulldown menu or search engine to locate information from a variety of beats and news industry-related topics." Provided by the American Press Institute.

Multidisciplinary Research Databases

Online index and abstract services, electronic journals, and other research materials are organized alphabetically and by subject.

Some specific databases that may be useful to your research:

Style Guides

Depending on the preference of your instructor, you will be asked to adhere to one of several generally accepted style guides for the format of your research paper. Among these are the MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association) and Chicago (Chicago Manual of Style). Consult the Writing Resources web page for more information on these guides in both print and electronic formats.

Off campus users

: Most library databases, ejournals and ebooks are restricted to Rensselaer computer addresses (i.e., they are "IP-restricted"). All computers on the campus network are covered by Rensselaer IPs. However, off-campus users who access library resources through an independent service provider (ISP), such as Road Runner or Earthlink, are not recognized as authorized Rensselaer IPs.

To provide access to these library resources, we have set up a web proxy service. By using the proxy service, it will seem to these databases that you are actually part of Rensselaer's network. If you want to use library databases, electronic books and electronic journals from off campus, you must use the proxy service.

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