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Developing a Research Question

The Research Paper is essentially a persuasive essay in which you state a proposition that you can support with authoritative, reliable sources. Your research paper is not a regurgitation of the information you found, summarizing ideas that are not your own. Research is about making informed decisions based on the credible sources you find.

-- How do you come up with a proposition or opinion that you can support with other sources? --

Start with a general subject. 
What subjects are you interested in exploring?

Examples: social media, social justice, advertising, bullying, identity theft

Need ideas? 
Explore news and opinion articles

Thinking student

Research Topic Ideas



Get inspiration from personal stories (including your own)

Get background information on the subject.

Reading reference sources, such as subject-specific encyclopedias and handbooks will give you an overview of the subject that is fact-based.

Reference sources will help you:
  • Get a general overview of the subject
  • Guide your research by bringing up important issues
  • Narrow your focus
  • Discover keywords to help you search for relevant information

Ask questions about the subject.

  • What are the attitudes, beliefs, and values that need to be questioned, or challenged?
  • What are the problems and controversies? Can you look at these issues from a different angle or perspective to avoid rehashing the same old arguments?
  • What are the related causes, effects, or correlations? Do they pose problems or concerns that need to be addressed?
  • From which academic perspectives and approaches can you look at the issues? (e.g., psychological or health perspectives on obesity, public policy or ethical issues concerning the death penalty)
  • Who is affected or involved? Think of narrowing focus by age group, gender, etc.
  • Can you narrow your focus by place (e.g., public school, workplace, playground) or geographic location (e.g., local, state, national)?
  • Who cares? Who is your potential audience? Do you intend to get them to do something differently? See something differently?
For additional help asking questions, see: Prewriting (Invention) General Questions from the OWL at Purdue University

The Research Question

Now that you've thought about the various questions related to the subject, narrow your list down to a single question that will guide your research.

Ask a question that requires you to make a decision, based on the information that you will gather during the research process. Look for questions that are argumentative rather than those with definitive answers.

Often, your answer to the research question will become the thesis statement of your paper.

    • If your research question is: "Should recycling be mandatory?"
    • Your answer/thesis statement might be: "Recycling should be mandatory."

As you develop your research question - and this will likely take some time, so let thoughts percolate - you may want to do a little preliminary research to find answers to those definitive questions.

short - narrow Have obesity rates really increased over the years?

This question has a definitive answer, so it doesn't make an intriguing research question.

Finding the statistics to answer this question, however, may help you to then devise a research question based on the answer.

If you find that rates have in fact increased, you might ask if a psychological approach to combating obesity might be more effective than solely pushing exercise and diet.


Once you have developed your research question, it is often helpful to break down that question into specific, sub-questions that will help you address the main research question. This will help you to then determine with types of information you will need to find and where to go to find what you need.

If your research question is: Should recycling be mandatory?
A couple of sub-questions might be:

What Types of Information Will Answer This?
Where Will I Find These Source Types?
What is the impact of recycling at residences and small businesses? What about larger institutions and companies?
Research studies  
Government documents online (via search engine) and scholarly journal articles online (via library databases)
What has more impact: paper, glass, aluminum, plastic?
Research and/or statistical data
Government documents online (via search engine) and scholarly journal articles online (via library databases)

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Selecting Sources

What types of sources do I need?
Understanding the information cycle will help you determine the source types you will need.

Where will I find these source types?

Reference Sources

For definitions and background information on a topic:


For broad and in-depth examinations of a topic:


Academic Journals

Scholarly or peer-reviewed journals for original research articles:

Trade, Industry
& Professional Publications

For industry news, trends, and forecasts:

Popular Magazines
& Newspapers

For general interest and news articles:



Statistical Data

Web Resources

Online Archives for Primary Sources

Specialized Search Engines

Web Directories and Guides



Searching Databases

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  1. Start by identifying 2-4 search terms that will pull relevant articles for your topics.
    • Example:
      • Researching the effects of violent video games on teens?
    • What are the important concepts in this topic?
      • violence, video games, teenagers
Keywords and Boolean operators
  1. Connect each unique concept with the command AND. This tells the database that articles must have each term in the article or publication title, author, subject terms, or abstract.
    • Example:
      • violence AND video games AND teenagers








EBSCOhost article record


Need to narrow your results?    

 Need to broaden your results?

  • Limit the area your terms are searched to just the titles, authors, subjects, or abstracts. Example: search VIDEO GAMES in TITLE
  • Add another unique concept connected with the AND command. Can you narrow your focus to a particular age group, gender, or academic discipline? Example: search VIDEO GAMES and TEENAGERS and PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS
  • Limit your results to a particular date range, geographic location, or source type. Look around the sides of the screen for database limiters.
  • Open the area your terms are searched to the entire document. Example: search POSTAL 2 in ALL TEXT.
  • Use similar or related terms and examples in place of the concepts you first identified. A relevant article may use the term teenagers or adolescents instead of teens. Example: search VIDEO GAMES and ADOLESCENT
  • If you are not able to access a full-text article from EBSCOhost or JSTOR, consider requesting an interlibrary loan by submitting a request form to the reference desk.  FC Library will attempt to borrow the item for you from another library.

Database Tutorials  



Journals vs. Magazines

Taxonomy of Periodicals [pdf]

Look at the... 
Popular Magazines & Newspapers
Professional, Trade, Industry or Special-Interest Periodicals 
Scholarly, Academic, Peer-Reviewed, or Refereed Journals 
Citation for:
  • frequency of publication
  • authors of articles
  • article titles
  • Issued frequently: weekly, biweekly, or monthly
  • Often one author. Staff-written or written by freelance authors or guest contributors.
  • Popular or catchy article titles.
  • Issued frequently: weekly, biweekly, or monthly.
  • Often one author. Staff-written by freelance authors, guest contributors, or professionals in the field.
  • Straightforward article titles, sometimes popular and catchy.
  •  Issued less frequently: monthly, quarterly, or semiannually.
  • Frequently multiple coauthors. Scholars and researchers in the filed, discipline, or specialty. Authors with university affiliations or professional titles.
  • Titles related to research question or results; often long, not catchy.
Whole Periodical for:
  • audience
  • purpose
  • paper, illustrations, layout
  • advertising
  • Educated but non-expert readers; uses simple language in order to meet minimum education levels.
  • Designed to entertain or persuade readers with a variety of general interest topics in broad subject fields; also geared to sell products and services through advertising.
  • Eye-catching covers, glossy paper, photos, illustrations, cartoons, sidebars.
  • Many ads for general-consumer products and services.
  • Practitioners of a particular profession, members of a trade, or workers in an industry; language appropriate for an educated readership; assumes a certain level of specialized knowledge.
  • Examines problems or concerns in a particular profession or industry; provides specialized information to a wide interested audience.
  • Eye-catching covers, glossy paper, photos, illustrations, cartoons, sidebars.
  • Many ads for products and services related to a particular profession, trade, or industry.
  • Scholars and researchers in the field, discipline, or specialty; language contains terminology and jargon of the discipline; reader is assumed to have a scholarly background.
  • To inform, report, or make available original research or experimentation in a specific field or discipline to the rest of the scholarly world; where new knowledge is reported.
  • Plain covers, usually plain matte paper; mostly text inside, with tables, figures, charts, graphs; little or no color or illustrations.
  • Few to no ads; if any, tend to be for other journals or specific services or products.
Articles for:
  • abstracts
  • references
  • No abstracts.
  • Sources are not cited; no references or bibliography at end of articles.
  • No abstracts.
  • Sources are not cited; no references or bibliography at end of articles.
  • Articles usually have an abstract at the beginning that summarizes the findings of the articles.
  • Scholarly references in the form of bibliographies, reference lists, and footnotes appear with each article.

Newsweek, Time, Reader's Digest 

popular magazine articles 
Beverage World, Restaurant News, Advertising Age

trade publication articles
Science, The Journal of American History, American LiteratureSocial Psychology Quarterly

academic journal articles



Primary vs. Secondary Sources [pdf]


 Primary Sources

 Secondary Sources

  • Firsthand accounts of a time period or event, original documents, and creative works. 
  • Works created at the time of an event.
  • Publications that analyze, interpret, review, or evaluate primary sources.
  • Works created well after an event.
 Painting, drawing, or sculpture  Article critiquing artwork
Movie review
Diary, letter, speech, interview, photo, or ad.
History book or biography of historical figure
A novel, short story, or poem
Literary criticism
Social or Natural Science
An original research study
Review article of original research study
Performance taping
Review of performance
Other Examples:
Magazine or newspaper article from the time 
Encyclopedia, dictionary, or atlas
Autobiography or memoir
Opinion poll or survey
Interpretation of survey results



Evaluating Websites

With hundreds of millions of documents on the Internet, there's plenty of information to choose from.  But when doing research on the web, be sure and look at your results more carefully! Remember that the information on the web is not subject to the same standards as a published book or magazine article.  Almost anyone can put almost anything on the web. Web documents are not necessarily reviewed, edited, or even proof read. Some web pages are written by experts, but others are written by those with little or no knowledge on the subject.

Does the Web page you found ROCC?

Use the criteria Reliability Objective Creator Currency to evaluate the sources you find on the Web.


The site is well written without spelling or grammatical errors. The document's content is comprehensive and the facts stated agree with the other information you have found.  There is a bibliography of reputable sources. 

Would you get more comprehensive information using this source in a paper or consulting the research studies referenced in this science brief?

  • Evaluate the content and compare it with other sources
  • How comprehensive is it? If the source is a summary, review, news or other brief on a research study, book, or other source, consult and use that source in your paper. 
  • Does the author reference outside sources with citations or links or give unsubstantiated opinion?
  • Look for emotional or inflammatory language, i.e. "Everyone must stop this now!!!!"
  • Does the author acknowledge other viewpoints?
  • Are different viewpoints fairly presented?


The document's purpose is clearly stated.  Arguments and assumptions are logical and well-supported. The presentation of the material is objective and any bias plainly stated. Other viewpoints are acknowledged. The language is not emotionally charged.

Does this organization have a reason to try to convince readers of its point of view? 

  • Read through the document. Why was this document written? 
  • Is the purpose clearly stated or presented?
  • Does the author or organization have a particular reason to try to convince the reader of its point of view?


An authoritative source lists the author's name along with his or her credentials and background. An organization affiliated with the site is reputable.  Contact information, such as address, phone number or email address, is given for the author or organization. The site is well designed and easy to navigate.

Now Google the  sponsoring organization. What do others have to say about the IHR?

  • Look  for the name of the author or sponsoring organization. It may be necessary to scroll through the entire document looking  for a clue.  The author's  name or sponsoring organization are very often at the end of the document. There may be a link to this information, such as one that says "About Us."
  • If little or no information is given, check any links that say  "Home," or "Back" or "Main page" to see if you can follow a trail to a responsible party.
  • Look at the web site's URL or Internet address, to try and determine the author's affiliation. Delete the URL down to the basic domain (.edu, .org, .gov, .com, etc.) to bring you to the main site. What is the educational institution, organization, government department or agency, or company?  URL's with a ~ in them often indicate a personal site. Education sites (.edu) often allow students to post their papers or projects to the web, so look at the entire URL carefully.
  • Other information about the author or organization might be found by searching magazine or newspaper databases, such as EBSCOhost for more information about, or articles by, your author.  Or try a web search engine for other pages by that author. A print source, such as Who's Who in America, can also be helpful.  Ask your librarian for assistance if necessary.


There should be a date and it should indicate what the date actually means, i.e.  is it the date the information was originally written, first posted to the web, or last revised. The links should be current.

    • Is this source current enough for the topic? >> ReCAPP

    • Look for the date the document was first written or published, the date the information was placed on the Web, or the date the document or Web page was last revised. Is the publication date suitable for your needs? 
    • Are the links current, or are there many dead links?

See Also: The Internet Detective - online tutorial



MLA Works Cited

MLA - Modern Language Association

Used by many classes in the humanities, the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009, is available in the library for checkout: Call# LB2369 .G53 2009

Citing Books
Citing Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, Newspapers)
Citing Web Pages
Citing Government Documents
Citation Makers
Additional Resources 


Information You Need to Gather:

1.  author's or editor's Last Name, First Name. (followed by a period)
2.  "Title of the Chapter, Essay, or Article." (if applicable, between quotation marks & followed by a period). 
3.  Title of the Book. (in italics & followed by a period)
4.  Editor's First then Last Name. (place here when there's also an author, abbreviated Ed.)
5.  Edition. (if applicable, abbreviated 2nd ed.)
6.  City of Publication: (followed by a colon)
7.  Publishing company, (followed by a comma)
8.  Year of publication. (followed by a period)
9.  Page numbers. (required if citing a chapter in a book, followed by a period)
10.  For eBooks, include the Electronic Database Name or Source of eBook.(in italics and followed by a period)
11.  Medium. (Print. or Web. followed by a period)
11.  For eBooks, include Day Month* Year. (when you accessed the eBook online)


*Abbreviate all months (e.g., Jan., Mar.) except May, June, and July
rpt. = reprint
n.p. = no place of publication given or no publisher given
n.d. = no date of publication given
n. pag. = no pagination given

Examples for Citing Books

Abrahamson, Dean E., ed. The Challenge of Global Warming. Washington: Island Press, 1989. Print.

Eisenberg, Michael B., Carrie A. Lowe, and Kathleen L. Spitzer. Information Literacy: Essential Skills for the    

Information Age. 2nd ed. Westport: Libraries Unlimited, 2004. Print.

Fuller, John G. Fever! The Hunt for a New Killer Virus. New York: Reader's Digest, 1974. Print.

James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature. New York: Longmans, 1911.

Google Books. Web. 10 Nov. 2011.

Quandt, William B. Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1967. 3rd ed. 

Washington: Brookings Inst., 2005. eBook Collection. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

Chapters, Essays, Articles or Other Works in Anthologies

Chideya, Farai. "Homophobia: Hip-Hop's Black Eye." Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black 

Literature. Ed. Kevin Powell. New York: Wiley, 2000. 95-100. Print. 

Fromm, Eric. "Human Nature Is Shaped by Society." Human Nature: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven,

1999. 18-23. Print. Rpt. of Escape from Freedom. Erich Fromm. N.p.: Holt, 1969. N. pag.

Articles in a Dictionary, Encyclopedia or Other  Reference Works

"Lennon, John." World Book Encyclopedia. 2006 ed. Print.

"Organic." Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. 2006. Print.

Santora, Patricia B. and Jack E. Henningfield. "Nicotine." Tobacco in History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. Ed. 

Jordan Goodman. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 387-392. Gale Virtual Reference

Library. Web. 17  Aug. 2009.

Singer, Bruce. "Animal Research." Encyclopedia of Bioethics. 3rd ed. 2004. Print.

Periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers)

Information You Need to Gather:

  1.  author's or editor's Last Name, First Name. (followed by a period)
  2.  "Title of  Article." (between quotation marks & followed by a period)
  3.  Name of Journal, Magazine, or Newspaper (in italics; follow with period if accessed from a website)
  4. If accessed from a website, include website Publisher or Sponsor Name. (followed by a period)
  5.  For journalsvolume #. issue # (year): page range. (if available, if not use n. page.
  6. For magazines - publication day Month* year: page range. (if available, if not use n. pag.)
  7. For newspapersday Month year,  Edition (if available): Section page(s). (if not available for database or print, use n. pag.; not necessary if accessed via Web).
  8. If accessed from a database, include the Database Name (in italics & followed by a period)
  9.  Medium. (Print or Web, followed by a period). 
  10.  For online articles, include access day Month* year. (followed by a period)

* Abbreviate all months (e.g., Jan., Mar., Apr.) except May, June and July.

Journal Articles

Keown, Damien. "Are There 'Human Rights' in Buddhism?" Journal of Buddhist Ethics 2 (1995): 3-27.

Web. 17 Aug. 2012.

Marsh, Kelly A. "Contextualizing Bridget Jones." College Literature 31.1 (2004): 52-72. Academic

Search Premier. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

Mathews, Samuel, and Thomas Jones. "Electronic Communication in Large Organizations." 

Technical Communication  39.2 (1993): 60-65. Print.

Miller, Alison L., Brenda L. Volling, and Nancy L. McEwain. "Sibling Jealousy in a Triadic Context with

Mothers and Fathers." Social Development 9.4 (2000): 433-457. Psychology and Behavioral

Sciences Collection. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

Magazine Articles

Gekas, Alexandra. "The Race to Be First." Newsweek. Newsweek. 26 Jan. 2007. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

"Global Warming." Time 3 Apr. 2006: 28-33. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

Hawkins, Dana. "Cheap Video Cameras Are Monitoring Our Every Move." U.S. News & World Report 

17 Jan. 2000:  52+ MasterFILE Premier. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

Mehta, Pratap Bhanu. "Exploding Myths." New Republic 6 June 1998: 17-19. Print.

Newspaper Articles

Heath, Brad. "Traffic Set to Slow As Stimulus Gears Up." USA Today 4 May 2009: n. pag. Academic

Search Premier. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

Leonhardt, David. "Rents Head Up As Home Prices Put Off Buyers." New York Times. New York

Times. 25 Aug. 2005. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

"Study Ties Self-Delusion to Successful Marriages." New York Times 2 Jan. 1998, late ed.: A11+.


 Web Pages

Information You Need to Gather:

  1. author's Last Name, First Name. (followed by a period)
  2. "Title of  the Web Page or Article." (if applicable, between quotation marks & followed by a period). 
  3. Name of Website. (in italics & followed by a period)
  4. Publisher or Sponsor of the site (followed by a comma)
  5. Date of publication. (if not available use n.d., followed by a period) 
  6. Medium. (Print. or Web., followed by a period)
  7. access day Month* year. (followed by a period)
  8. The 2009 update does not require the URL for websites; however, if your instructor requires this, add the address at the end of the citation in  brackets: <>.


Coseru, Christian. "Mind in Indian Buddhist Philosophy." The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 

Stanford U, 12 Oct. 2012. Web. 15 Nov. 2012.

Eun, Lee Yoo. "Anonymous Hacks North Korean Sites, Reveals South Korean Users." Weblog entry. 

Global Voices.  Global Voices. 5 Apr. 2013. Web. 16 Apr. 2013.

JeffcoLibrary. "Information Literacy." Online video clip. YouTube. 8 Mar. 2012. Web. 21 Nov. 2012. 

"Obama Statement on Boston Terror Attack." Online video clip. CNN. Cable News Network. 9 Apr.

2013. YouTube. Web. 18 Apr. 2013.

Obesity Society. "Obesity Society Supports Efforts to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened

Beverages." Obesity Society. The Obesity Society, 31 May 2012. Web. 15 Nov. 2012.

"The Suicide Plan." Narr. Will Lyman. Frontline. PBS. WGBH, 13 Nov. 2012. Web. 15 Nov.


Swinson, Jo. "False Beauty in Advertising and the Pressure to Look 'Good'." Opinion. 

Cable News Network, 10 Aug. 2011. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. 

Government Documents

Information You Need to Gather:

  1. If you do not know the writer of the document, use the government agency as author: Name of Government. Name of Agency. If known,  the author may begin the citation or go after publication.
  2. Title of Publication. (in italics & followed by a period)
  3. If known, author can follow the title after ByEd., or Comp.
  4. City of Publication: (if work has print publication data, followed by a colon)
  5. Publisher, (if work has print publication data, followed by a comma)
  6. Year of publication. (followed by a period)
  7. Title of Database of Website. (italicized and followed by a period)
  8. Medium. (Print or Web, followed by a period)
  9. If medium is Web, include date of access (day Month year).

Click here for citation examples, including statistical tables, codes, bills, court decisions, agency report, and press releases.

Government Documents

United States. Dept. of Agriculture. Let's Eat for the Health of It. Washington: GPO, 2012. Web. 21 Nov. 2012.

---. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Law Enforcement and

Juvenile Crime. By Howard N. Snyder. 2001. National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Web. 15 May 2012. 

---. Dept. of State. U.S. Climate Action Report - 2010: Fifth National Communication of the United

States of America under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Washington: GPO, 2010. U.S. Department of State. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. 

---. National Center for Education Statistics. "Table 396: Distribution of Earnings and Median Earnings

of Persons 25 Years Old and Over, by Highest Level of Educational Attainment and Sex: 2010." Digest of Education Statistics. Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Nov. 2012. 

Other Sources

"Brazil." 2009. CountryWatchWeb. 5 Nov. 2011.

"Bujumbura Police Sweep Nets about 50 Suspected Bandits." Panafrican News Agency. Nov. 2004. 

CountryWatch. Web. 5 Nov. 2011.

California. Dept. of Education. "Ethnic Enrollment Statistics - Orange County." RAND CaliforniaWeb. 5 Nov. 


Grapes of Wrath. Dir. John Ford. Perf. Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and John Carradine. 1940. Twentieth Century

Fox, 2004. DVD.

"India: Country Overview." 17 July 2008. CountryWatchWeb. 5 Nov. 2011.

James, John S. "Combination Drug Treatment May End the AIDS Crisis." Opposing Viewpoints: AIDS. Ed. Tamara

L. Roleff and Charles P. Cozic. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in ContextWeb. 5 Nov. 2011.

Masci, David. "Future of Marriage." CQ Researcher 7 July 2004: 397-420. CQ Researcher OnlineWeb. 5 Nov.


Research & Analysis Unit at the Chancellor's Office. "Community College Enrollment Statistics." RAND California

Web. 5 Nov. 2011.

"Week in Politics: Gun Control, Immigration, Obama, Budget." TranscriptAll Things Considered. NPR. 12 Apr.

2013. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 18 Apr. 2013.

Citation Makers

Additional Resources

MLA Citation Guide.pdf



APA References

APA - American Psychological Association

Used by many classes in the social and natural sciences and in business, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association6th ed. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2010, is available in the library for checkout: Call#  BF 76.7 P83 2010

Digital Object Identifier  | Citation Examples
Additional Resources

Digital Object Identifier

APA guidelines require the addition of the digital object identifier (DOI) to the citation.  A DOI is a unique string of numbers assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to online journals to identify their content and provide a consistent link to their locations on the Internet (see sections 6.31-6.32 and 7.01 of the APA Publications Manual).  The publisher assigns a DOI when an article is published and made available electronically.  The DOI number is usually located on the first page of the electronic journal article and on the databases often will be found on the citation or first page of the article record. When the DOI is present, the URL or website address is not included, but when the DOI is not present, then the URL or website is required.

When the DOI is present:

General format:

Author A. A. (date of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume(number), page numbers. doi: xx.xxxxxx


Garcia, D., & Siddiqui, A. (2009). Adolescents’ psychological well-being and memory for life events: Influences on life

satisfaction with respect to temperamental dispositions. Journal of Happiness Studies, 10(4), 407-

419. doi: 10.1007/s10902-008-9096-3

When DOI is not present:

General format

Author, A. A. (date of publication). Title of Article. Title of Journal, volume(number), page numbers. Retrieved from

URL or website address


Broman, C. L. (2008). Family structure and mediators of adolescent drug use. Journal of Family Issues, 29(12),

1625-1649. Retrieved from


Citation Examples

Double-space citations. Use the Times New Roman font.

  • Sources from Fullerton College Databases
  • Print Sources
  • Online Sources

Sources from Fullerton College Databases

Annals of American History Online

Ross, M. (1937). Why Social Security? Social Security Board Publication No. 15. Retrieved from

Washington, G. (1789). First inaugural address. Retrieved from


CQ Researcher

Masci, D. (2004, May 7). Future of marriage. CQ Researcher, 14, 197-420. Retrieved from

EBSCOhost Databases

If the article has no author, start the citation with the title.  For popular magazines and newspapers you need the full date; for scholarly articles only the year is needed.  For popular magazines (e.g., TimeNewsweekNation) you do not need the volume number; for scholarly journals you will need the volume number and issue number (if provided). The DOI (if available) or URL (i.e., the Permalink) is on the first or citation page (click on the article title). 

Global warming (2006, April 3). Time, 28-33. Retrieved from


Hawkins, D. (2000, January 17). Cheap video cameras are monitoring our every move. U.S. News & World Report,

52. Retrieved from


Thompson, J. A., & Halberstadt, A. G. (2008). Children’s accounts of sibling jealousy and their implicit theories about

relationships. Social Development, 17(3), 488-511. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9507.2007.00435.x    

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Citation information on this database will be at the start of each reference source (e.g., dictionary, encyclopedia, handbook, etc.) entry.  If there is no author for the entry, start with the title.  The URL or website address will be under the How to Cite feature.

Garman, B. (2000). Dylan, Bob.  In S. Pendergast & T. Pendergast (Eds.), St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

(Vol. 1, pp. 780-783). Detroit: Gale. Retrieved from


Santora, P. B., & Henningfield, J. E. (2005). Nicotine. In J. Goodman (Ed.), Tobacco in History and Culture: An

Encyclopedia (pp. 387-392). Detroit: Gale. Retrieved from


Opposing Viewpoints in Context

This database includes a variety of sources: viewpoint essays, articles, book chapters, etc.; each is cited differently.  The URL or website will be found under the How to cite feature.

Brave, R, (2001, December 10). Governing the genome: Which genetic modifications should be encouraged and which

outlawed? Nation, 18. Retrieved from


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