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This guide covers resources for researching notable court cases.


This guide has been designed to assist you with researching notable court cases. It includes links to sources for articles, books, ebooks, and reference information. Use this URL to get back to this page:

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Use the resources on this page to (a) identify a famous trial and (b) conduct research to gather more information about the trial for your presentation. The research tools listed below can help you find articles from sources like newspapers, magazines, and reference materials. See the in-class learning objectives.

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Criteria for Evaluating

Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to evaluate the quality of any information before using it it a paper, presentation, or some other project.

As a starting point, consider evaluating the authority, objectivity, and currency of sources. Look at the items below for more details and example questions that you can ask when evaluating sources such as books, articles, and websites.


What should you ask yourself when trying to determine the expertise level of the person who created the information?

  • Who created the information?
  • What kind of education or experience does the author have?
  • Is contact information available to verify the author's credentials?
  • Is the author part of a university or some other reputable organization?
  • Was the information published by a reputable source?
  • Does the author quote and cite reliable sources?
  • Is the information posted on a reliable site like a scholarly journal or someplace less reliable like Facebook?


What should you ask when trying to determine the objectivity of a piece of information?

You can describe a source as being objective if it fairly represents various sides of an argument or issue. A source that promotes or favors one side of an argument can be described as biased or an opinionated work.

  • What’s the purpose of this information?
  • Is the author trying to sell a product or service?
  • Is the author trying to persuade you on a controversial topic?
  • Is the author trying to explain various sides of an issue?
  • Is the author sharing the results of research on the topic?


What should you ask yourself when evaluating a piece of information for currency?

  • When was the information published?
  • How old is the content of the source?
  • Does my topic need current information to be accurate or will older information be OK?
  • Does my assignment require sources that were published within a certain timeframe?
Looking for more criteria for evaluating your sources? Visit our evaluating module in our iCONNECT tutorial.
View our concise MLA Style handout (PDF) and the guide to citing in-text (PDF). 
MLA Guide
MLA in text citing

Are you confused about citing sources in research papers? Do you know WHY sources need to be cited? Do you know HOW to cite in your papers? You can find answers to these questions in this StudentLingo workshop now available to CCAC students.

Understanding Plagiarism

 Access the Understanding & Avoiding Plagiarism tutorial from the StudentLingo site at:

Understanding Plagiarism

Reference librarians are available at each campus library to help you take advantage of the broad array of print and electronic resources available to you through the CCAC Libraries. For example, a librarian can help you:
  • Select and focus a research topic.
  • Devise an effective research strategy.
  • Locate relevant books, articles, and other information sources.
  • Evaluate the quality of resources.
  • Use research tools such as the library catalog and our many periodical databases.
  • Obtain materials not available on-campus.
  • Cite and document resources using a style guide like MLA or APA.
  Visit Us
Visit the reference desk at any of our library locations during regular business hours to get personalized research assistance. View our locations and hours to get started.
   Chat with Us!
Chat with one of our librarians to get library and research help. Our chat service is typically available during regular business hours.
   Send Us a Text Message Question
Prefer to contact us via text message? Text your library questions to (412) 312-3206 to get help from the library.
  Email Us
We can also be reached through email. Send your questions to

Questions will be answered within 24 hours, Monday - Friday.
  Check our FAQ
Search our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page to see if your question is covered. If it's not, get in touch with us using one of the options found on this page.
   Call Us
Not on campus? Give us a call and get answers to your research questions.
Reference Desk Telephone Numbers
Allegheny 412-237-2585
Boyce 724-325-6798
North 412-369-3602
South 412-469-6374
If you want to contact a specific librarian, check our staff directory to find his or her contact information.
   Submit a Question
You can use our online form to send us a question.

Questions will be answered within 24 hours, Monday - Saturday.

Tutoring at West Hills


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