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Research assistance. Our librarians offer reference services to SDZG staff and volunteers. Please submit a request by phone (760-747-8702 x5736) or email.
Research tips and tutorials. Want to make your literature searches easier and more productive? The information below can help!
We welcome comments and suggestions.
How to Find Books and Articles on the Library's Website
The Research Process
Are you looking for reliable information on a topic? Do you need to present it in a written report? Here are some useful guidelines.
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Reliable Information Sources
What information sources can you trust? Anyone can publish anything online! These sites give clear guidelines.
Warning: Predatory Publishers
Peer-reviewed (scholarly) journals are the gold standard for reliable information. But the recent rise of predatory publishers is leading to confusion (Bohannon 2013).
Predatory publication editors accept articles indiscriminately without rigorous reviews or fact-checking. Their typical business model is to print a range of open-access journals that collect publication fees from authors.
Before you publish in or cite a journal, it's wise to review the Think.Check.Submit. guidelines and check Cabell's whitelist: