Source Requirements and EasyBib

Source Requirements

Based on the resources you found in our subcription databases and the World Wide Web, you can see how both of these resources provide researchers with various types of sources. When creating research assignments, it is important to consider the types of resources that students have access to in both the databases and on the Internet. So, when listing source requirements, try to be more specific in the types of sources you'd like students to access. Telling a student to use a database often confuses them because databases contain magazine and newspaper articles, in addition to excerpts from books or encyclopedias. Also consider how you'd like students to access these materials. If you want students to use book resources, can they access a book online through Google books? Or, would you rather them have a print book that they can actually flip through in the IMC? Being as specific as possible with source requirements helps alleviate students' frustrations as they search for resources.


EasyBib is a great resource for students to use when creating citations. Using Easybib may seem easy, but it takes a lot of critical thinking skills for students to determine what sources they are using in their paper. We often tell students that they need to do ask themselves two very important questions when using Easybib:
  1. What is the original source of the material?
  2. How did I access this material?

ACTIVITY: Examine the source you chose from EBSCO yesterday. What type of source is it? How did you access it? Using EasyBib, create a citation for that source.