Check out these web based resources.
When doing research, it is important to use credible, reliable websites and databases.
The following sites are tried and true.
FREE PUBLICLY-ACCESSIBLE DATABASES
These free, national databases (gathered by the University of California at Santa Barbara) will be helpful to students who do not have a JSRCC student ID or students who are looking for information on a wide variety of topics.
FREE VIRGINIA RESEARCH DATABASES
This free, Virginia based database will be helpful to students who do not have a JSRCC student ID or who are looking for information specific to our state. Search for "Books & Journals," "Archives & Manuscripts," or "Images & Indexes."
J. SARGEANT REYNOLDS LIBRARY
For students that have a J. Sargeant Reynolds student ID-- Find anything and everything you need on this site. Their Research Overview will allow you to find anything from books to databases to college/career support.
CHECK A RESOURCE FOR CREDIBILITY
When you search for information, you're going to find a lot of it, but is it good information? The CRAAP test provides a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN DO I NEED TO CITE INFORMATION?
Anytime you use information that did not come from your own thinking, you must cite it (both in-text and in your References page). This includes when you paraphrase or quote someone else's information. Give them credit for doing the work first!
WHY MUST WE USE APA FORMATTING?
The professions of science, technology, history, and psychology all adhere to APA (American Psychological Association) formatting. As a computer science focused school, we want to make sure you are as prepared for college or the work force as possible!