Need help with your research? A reference librarian is like a tutor for finding and citing information. Schedule an online or phone appointment to get uninterrupted individual time with a librarian.
Whenever you write anything that is intended to convince, inform, or advocate you should think about your audience, and the type(s) of sources that audience finds convincing. For many of the papers your write in school, your audience is an academic — your instructor.
As a student, you have one major advantage — your audience is readily available. If you have questions about the types of sources they would like to see, you can (and should) ask!
This is especially true when you are writing in an unfamiliar field. Different disciplines have different expectations when it comes to evidence. Don’t assume that because you know your way around scholarly sources in one field, that another field will work the same.
Watch this video (7:39) where three Portland Community College students talk about how they consider, evaluate and use sources for their own research assignments.