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REA 081 - Northwest: Author Research

Recommended Databases

Use any of the following online databases to find biographies or interviews for your author.  Not all databases will have biographies for every author so try multiple ones if you need to. The complete list of library databases can be found here.

When accessing the databases from off campus, you will be asked to input your MyPima username and password.


Searching the Web

Some authors may not have much information published about them, especially if they are relatively new to the field or have not written many books.  In this case, you may need to search for web resources about your author using search enigines such as:

Some of you may be asking, "What about Wikipedia?"  It's unlikely your instructor will permit you to use sources from Wikipedia, but Wikipedia may lead you to some credible information.  

If you decide to use Wikipedia, explore the "References" section as well as "External Links", but make sure you evaluate what you find with the CRAAP test.

Here are some tips for searching for websites about your author:

  • Search the author's name using quotation marks (e.g, "John Grisham").
  • For author research, include keywords such as "biography" or "interview".


Recommended Databases - Newspapers

Official Author Website

Official author websites are created and maintained by the author's publishing company and are considered credible sources of information.