Critical sources


Hello, I am an on-line student and my professor for the course Foundations for Success told me to contact a librarian for help with obtaining critical sources for a paper. I am researching how brain development is evolving and new generations are "wired" for technology different than their parents and grandparents. I am looking for information regarding how technology is affecting all aspects of their personal growth. Technologies effect on their emotional, academic, and social growth. I plan on attending the online session this week but need some assistance. Thank you.

I also submitted a paper to the writing center earlier last weekend but have not heard back from them regarding a paper, what should I do?

Thank you,
Judy Olsen

Answered By: Kimberly Boyd
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2017     Views: 8

Hello Judy,

The first thing you will want to do is to narrow your topic a little further as discussing how technology is affecting the emotional, academic, and social growth of children is way too much for this short paper.  I would suggest focusing on just one of these topics and perhaps narrowing your topic even further. 

Start by going to the library catalog.  You need one book, one scholarly journal article, and one website for this paper and since this is a topic which is fairly current the most difficult to find of these types of sources will likely be the book.  You can get to the library catalog by going to the library homepage at  In the search box, I typed the search terms Technology AND Youth.  Be sure to connect your keywords with the word AND.  You will find many good results here.  In particular, look at result number seven Technology and Youth: Growing Up in a Digital World.  To look at this book click on the Access Online button.  You will be asked to login using your six digit student ID number and the first part of your Brenau email address, so everything before the @tiger.  Once you have gotten into the book look at the chapter titles for ideas.  If you are interested in reading one of the chapters click on the title of the chapter in the table of contents and you will be taken to that page in the book.  You can also use the arrows at the top right of the screen to move forward and backward through the book.  While this might not end up being the book that you use, the chapter titles of this book may help you to with some ideas for narrowing your topic a little more.  For instance, the first chapter is about the impact of cyberbullying on adolescents.  This is an example of a topic that is narrow enough that you will be able to do the subject justice in the short paper you must do for this class.

After you have decided on a narrower topic you will need to find a scholarly journal article and a website to go with your book source.  To find a scholarly journal article you need to go to one of the library databases.  You can do this by going to the library libguides at  Once you are in the libguide, choose the Journal Articles tab.  Next, choose a database.  For this topic I recommend Academic Search Complete.  Click on Academic Search Complete and login if you have not already.  Click on the full text and scholarly peer reviewed buttons to the bottom left of the search bar.  Then, enter your search terms.  Depending on how you have narrowed your topic you may want to change your search terms from the ones that you used in the library catalog.  I tried Cyberbullying AND Teens and I found many good results.  If you are interested in an article, click on the title of the article.  On this page you will be able to read the abstract of the paper.  You can also email the article to yourself on this page by clicking on the envelope symbol to the right of the page.  If you are interested in reading the full text of the article click on PDF full text link to the left.

In answer to your question about the writing center, I would suggest getting in touch with them on Monday.  I'm not sure how long it takes them to review papers but I would check with them to make sure that they got your paper.

I will be online teaching how to navigate the library resources in your Foundations for Success class this coming Tuesday if you have further questions.

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