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Professor Kirby Salem High School Foundations of Writing/Early College Program

How to search databases and find credible sources

Purpose of this Guide

  • This guide supports your research for projects in the Writing/Early College Program with Professor Alexandra Kirby.
  • It focuses on journals/magazines and websites.
  • It shows how to find background information on your topic and how to identify credible websites.
  • It demonstrates how to set up, execute, and refine a search strategy for database searches.
  • It recommends top databases for your English paper research topics.
  • It provides advice on how to overcome information search problems such as finding full-text, improving search results, and choosing among different types of information sources.

Please email ( or text (978-587-1312) if you would like follow-up assistance!

Nancy Dennis, Library Liaison for English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice, and Economics