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COM 104 Crtitical Thinking in Public Argument: Library Guides

Resources for COM 104 students

Information Timeline

The Information Life Cycle Tutorial

How to Spot Fake News

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Using Quick Search

When to Use Quick Search:

  • you are first starting your research
  • to get ideas or background info you have had difficulty finding sources in other databases you need
  • an alternative to Google - easy searching but with more credible/reliable results

On the left sidebar, you can "Refine Your Search" a number of different ways--including by publication date & scholarly/peer reviewed sources.

UNLV Libraries Databases

Finding Government Information

Government information can be very useful when searching a wide variety of topics. One of the easiest ways is to go to Google! After you type in your keywords, then type in site:gov (example: air pollution to limit your search to only government-related resources. This will include federal, state, and local resources.

Think Tanks/Research Organizations

Opinion/Argument-Related Web Resources

APA Citation Style Resources

Some APA Citation Style Examples: 

Reference List:

Items are arranged alphabetically by author.  If there is no author, use the title.

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number (issue), page range.


Lancaster, A. (2017). The team player. Restaurant Business,116(8), 54-55.

In-text Citation:

Citations within sentences/paragraphs to indicate the resources used that help the reader locate them in the reference list of a paper.

Paraphrase:  (Last name of Author, Year).


Consistent communication provides a competitive advantage when it comes to providing excellent customer service (Lancaster, 2017).

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