Different research sources are best accessed through various types of databases. For example, books are best located through the Five College Libraries Catalog and academic articles are best located in scholarly databases.
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Searching in JSTOR, which is an interdisciplinary database, will only bring up articles in JSTOR, so you might be missing a good article in ProjectMuse (another database). These sources are not cross-searchable. Also, you can't search everything with one search box (even Google has limits---check out the deep web page to learn more) so utilizing various research tools will help you with locating the most suitable research materials.
LITS Tip: Where you search matters! Furthermore, don't stop at the search results on the first page. Explore several pages of search results to find the best possible resources.
As mentioned, geography is an interdisciplinary field so it is beneficial to utilize course and/or subject guides to make those cross-discipline connections. For example, if you are interested in how pride parades function as potential safe and celebratory spaces for the LGBTQIA community, the gender studies guide would be a useful resource. Click on the links below to find the interdisciplinary connections through other subject guides. The additional guides will connect you to links for locating maps, accessing news articles, and finding images.
Primary sources provide first-hand testimony, direct evidence, or knowledge concerning a topic under investigation. Some examples:
Secondary sources interpret or conduct analysis on primary sources
LITS Tip: In the sciences, a primary source is the published result of experimental or observational research.