This Library Guide will help you complete your Cause/Effect Essay assignment.
Start your research on this page. Use the tabs above to navigate other pages.
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;
More help with keywords and searching:
Many scholarly books are published by university presses. For example, the publisher's name may include the words, "University Press," such as in "Oxford University Press." But publishers that don't have these words in their names also publish scholarly books. Here are other things to look for when examining books to see if they are scholarly:
Please ask a librarian if you'd like more help finding and identifying scholarly books.
This information is based on a guide by Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University.
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.
Many of the materials that you find in college-level research are scholarly articles, often called "peer-reviewed." In some instances, your professor will require that you use these types of articles as sources that you cite in your work. The resources below explain the typical appearance, structure and function of scholarly articles.