This Library Guide will help you complete your Cause/Effect Essay assignment.
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Find Books, Articles, Media, & more:
When you choose your topic from the list provided, find the main point or idea of your topic. For example, The decline of marriage rates in America. You cannot type this into the search box as is. You must break it down first.
Main Keyword Search Term: "marriage" or try "marriage rates"
Second Level Keyword Search Term: "America"; "United States"
Third Level Keyword Search Term: decline
best to narrow this topic to a subtopic of interest
Such as: international trade; free trade;
Remember to add "university press" to your search term when looking for a book (printed or eBook) published by a University Press for a scholarly resource.
The databases listed below are great to use to find a scholarly article on your topic. Hover over the database title for more information. Remember, check Full Text and Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals - magazines are not typically scholarly so even if you have magazine articles that populate in the results, stick with academic journals to be safe.
Decline in Marriage Rates
History - A Specific War
Be sure to think carefully about the resources you are using. Apply the C.R.A.P. detection model.
* Currency - How recent is the information?
* Reliability - What kind of information is included in the resource? Is it balanced? Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
* Authority - Who is the creator or author? Who is the publisher or sponsor? What is the author's or publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
* Purpose/Point of View - Is this fact or opinion? Is the creator/author trying to sell you something; persuade you about something?
Some people add another "A" to spell CRAAP. the extra a is for Accuracy - Is the content readable? Is the content truthful? Is the content correct?