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About this guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research on topics related to Aging. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of the guide.

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Developing Keywords

Before you search, try coming up with several ways to describe the topic.
Using this technique will improve your success with searching as you’ll have alternative terms ready if your initial search doesn’t work.

Keywords:

  • aging
  • healthy aging
  • successful aging
  • healthy lifestyle
  • elderly
  • older adults
  • old people
  • geriatric
  • seniors
  • mental aging
  • physical aging
  • slow aging
  • health benefits
  • aging cross-cultural studies
  • gender differences

Try combining terms or adding specific words to narrow your results.
Examples:
“successful aging” and “mental health”
aging ethnicity united states

Online Reference Sources

To access online library resources from off campus, enter your Pipeline username and password when prompted.

Databases:

  • Credo Reference contains the full text of nearly 600 encyclopedias, dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, and other reference books covering all major subject areas.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library contains the full text of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

Online Reference Books:

Articles

Use these recommended periodical databases to find articles on aging and healthcare related topics.
To access online library resources from off campus, enter your Pipeline username and password when prompted.
Remember to click the full text and peer reviewed boxes!

Books

  • Library Catalog – Search SBCC’s library catalog to find print books and online ebooks.

Evaluating Websites

Figuring out whether the information you find online is credible enough for college research can be challenging. Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Source Evaluation Questions to help you determine whether the sources you find are credible:

  • Purpose: How and why the source was created. Is it intended to educate, inform, persuade, sell, or entertain? Do the authors, publishers, or sponsors state this purpose, or try to disguise it? Why was this information published in this particular type of source (book, article, website, blog, etc.)? Is the source designed for the general public, students, or experts?
  • Relevance: The value of the source for your needs. Does the type of source meet your assignment’s requirements? Does the information answer your question, support your argument, or add something to your knowledge of the topic? Is it too general or too specific? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness and completeness of the information. Do the authors present the information thoroughly and professionally? Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong, emotional, manipulative, or offensive language? Do they leave out, or make fun of, important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The accuracy and truthfulness of the information. Do the authors support the information they present with strong factual evidence? Do they cite or provide links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic? Can you verify the information in other credible sources? Does the source contradict itself, include false statements, or misrepresent other sources?
  • Expertise: The authority of the creators of the source. What makes the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the source authorities on the topic? Do they have related education, experience, or other expertise? Do they provide an important alternative perspective? Has the source been reviewed in some way, such as by an editor or through peer review?
  • Newness: The age of the information. Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as science, technology, or current events), or could information found in older sources still be useful? When was the information presented in the source first published or posted? Are newer sources available that would add important information to your understanding of the topic?

Recommended Websites

For more help locating reliable information online, see the Finding Credible Web Sources research guide.

Links to APA citation format

American Psychological Association (APA) citation style is most typically used when writing papers in the social sciences.