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First Year Experience

Types of Sources

What's the difference between scholarly and popular sources?


Check out this guide from the NCSU Libraries: 

Scholarly and Popular Materials


And this video from Carnegie Vincent Libraries:

Research Tips for Finding Sources

Want tips for how to do the research for assignments in the First Year Seminar course? Below you'll see the step-by-step process of finding information about different subjects & disciplines.

(Just click through each step. Use the arrow navigation on the lower left to move throughout slides.)

Tips for Using Academic Search Complete

Citation Help


APA Style Guide: Library Research Guide

  • The Library's guide to APA formatting - almost every type of source you can think of!
  • Use the tabs to find examples for different types of sources.

OWL at Purdue: APA Format

  • Purdue's Online Writing Lab is a detailed and reliable source for finding writing and citation help.
  • Use the menu at left to find your type of source.

APA Style Blog

  • The official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. It's run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day.
  • Really good resource for those hard to cite sources! (For example, how do you cite a YouTube channel?)


OWL at Purdue: MLA Format

EasyBib also has some easy to use guides on citing your sources in MLA format:


Chicago Manual of Style - Quick Guide

  • Easy to use guide with examples.

OWL at Purdue: Chicago Format

  • Helpful if you need more specific info. on citing films, interviews, etc. Use the menu at left to find your type of source.
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2024 4:01 PM