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COM1010 Research Tutorial

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Using Article Databases

Watch the video below to learn how to search for articles in an article database. The video shows ProQuest Research Library but the majority of article databases you’ll use will function similarly.


ProQuest Research Library is a good place to search for material, but any of the General/Multidisciplinary article databases are good as well. They provide broad access to many types of articles in a wide range of subject areas. Use the article databases link, or one of the Research Guides as related to your topic to find subject specific databases.


Search ProQuest Research Library for “digital divide”. Study the results page, and find where you can narrow your results. Which of the following is included?

  Source Type


Cite It Right!

When presenting information in any format, it's important to provide a list of citations in some sort of style in order to avoid plagiarism. This style may be MLA, APA or even Chicago. Ultimately, no matter what style you use, you need to be able to create citations that allow others to find the information you used. Citations, no matter the style, contain valuable information like the name of the publication (a book, article or even internet pages), page numbers, the author, and more.

If you'd like more help with citing sources, you can visit The Warrior Writing, Research and Technology Zone, or the WRT Zone, (2nd floor of the undergraduate library, also called the UGL) to meet with a tutor. You can also get help making a fantastic PowerPoint from the technology assistants who work there.

Visit the WRT Zone for Writing assistance.

Links to Research Guides on APA/MLA style: APA & MLA

There are also a number of online resources you can use to help you learn how to cite properly. Try Purdue Owl!