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Learning Commons: Research Support

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Research Support

The library should be should be a student's first point of contact for questions about locating books, finding articles on a specific topic, or using electronic resources. We have online guides to help you get started with your research, and we are available to consult with you at every stage of the research process. You can schedule an appointment, drop-in, e-mail, or call us with your questions.

EBSCO Discovery Service

Research Guides

Mastering Research and Writing Assignments

This packet includes information about decoding writing assignments, the importance of pre-writing, how to find sources, how to read and code articles, and how to write and edit a research paper. 

Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles

This packet includes detailed instructions for finding scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles in EBSCO Discovery.


Google Scholar

EBSCO Discovery Service

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

The CRAP Test

The Internet is an amazing and almost limitless source of information, but it can also present problems and challenges. How do you know the websites you're using for your college research are quality sites and not bogus, incomplete, or out of date? The worth of your final research paper or project is closely related to the quality of the sources you choose to use. Taking the time to apply the CRAP Test is an excellent way to be sure you're using quality websites. Ask yourself the following questions about each website you're considering:


  • How recent is the information?
  • Can you locate a date when the page(s) were written/created/updated?
  • Does the website appear to update automatically (this could mean no one is actually looking at it)?
  • Based in your topic, is it current enough?
  • Reliability

  • What kind of information is included in the website?
  • Based on your other research, is it accurate? ...complete?
  • Is the content primarily fact, or opinion?
  • Is the information balanced, or biased?
  • Does the author provide references for quotations and data?
  • If there are links, do they work?
  • Authority

  • Can you determine who the author/creator is?
  • Is there a way to contact them?
  • What are their credentials (education, affiliation, experience, etc.)?
  • Is there evidence they're experts on the subject?
  • Who is the publisher or sponsor of the site?
  • Is this publisher/sponsor reputable?
  • Purpose / Point of View

  • What's the intent of the website (to persuade, to sell you something, etc.)?
  • What is the domain (.edu, .org, .com, etc.)? How might that influence the purpose/point of view?
  • Are there ads on the website? How do they relate to the topic being covered (e.g., an ad for ammuntion next to an article about firearms legislation)?
  • Is the author presenting fact, or opinion?
  • Who might benefit from a reader believing this website?
  • Based on the writing style, who is the intended audience?


Citation Machine



Grammarly scans your text for proper use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.

Copyright Resources

  • Interactive questions and answers from to help you gain a basic understanding of copyright law.


Students can request a one-on-one research support session with Dr. Herasingh by texting (970) 548-1827, dropping by her office in the Learning Commons (128A), or emailing her at

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Hailey Wold, MBA

Learning Commons and Student Engagement Coordinator

1802 Colorado Ave. La Junta, CO 81050

OJC Learning Commons - 128A

Office: (719) 384-6946