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A guide to resources on business administration available through the library and beyond.

Evaluating Sources

Whether you are doing scholarly research for a class, or just finding out about a topic because of personal interest, it's important to think about whether the sources you find are reliable and factual. The two videos below, "Sort Fact from Fiction Online with Lateral Reading" from Stanford University, and "Lateral Reading" from the University of Louisville, talk about one useful method for evaluating sources, especially websites.

The basic idea behind lateral reading is that you can do some quick searching (using Google or another search engine) to find out information about the organization that created the website, the people who are part of that organization, and what their other connections might be. If the website includes information that itself provides further links or references, you can also search for information about those additional sites or citations. All of that will help you determine what undisclosed agendas or biases might influence what the website and organization are presenting as fact.

There is a great Misinformation Lexicon at the University of Louisville libraries website. Wikipedia can also be a good place to search for basic information on organizations and sometimes people (usually only fairly well-known or public figures, though).

APA Citation Help

OCU's guide to APA style with a number of useful links and other information.

This is a great resource for explanations, tutorials, and other help using APA format.

The library also has a physical copy of the APA style guide in the Permanent Reserves; ask at the Circulation desk:

Online citation generator; last updated in 2018, but no ads.

Online citation generator; lots of ads unless you upgrade.

ZoteroBib is strictly an online citation generator. The full Zotero (https://www.zotero.org/) is a downloadable tool that enables you to collect, reuse, and share bibliographic information.

Interlibrary Loan: Articles & Books

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OCU Theses

A thesis is a document written by a graduate student as part of the master's degree process. Theses are generally kept in the library of the university where the student earned his or her degree.

A dissertation is generally a book-length research study completed by a graduate student completing a doctoral degree.

You may search for theses and dissertations written at OCU through the Thesis Search box on this page.

OCU has copies of (almost) all theses written by graduates of our school. If you want a copy of a thesis from another school, you will need to request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and we will do our best to obtain it for you.

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