Even the brightest ideas need support. Even more than that, sometimes obvious things need support too. For instance, the fact that the sun is hot is obvious. If you don’t know why it is like that, that doesn’t mean that the facts about it don’t exist. 

If you want your essay to win you the best mark, you will have to build argumentation, sometimes for evident things. Of course, spamming facts isn’t the most efficient thing to do. Moreover, you need room for your interpretation in an essay. But still, you’ll need supporting facts in an essay. And here are some resources you can use to find it. 

#1: Google Scholar Materials 

This thing contains thousands of scientific articles by scientists from different countries. Also, this is one of the most convenient databases to operate. Its search engine is simple, and the navigation isn’t complex either. And a delightful thing about it is that Google Scholar is 100% free to use. So, on one hand, this is one of the best free scientific libraries. 

On the other hand, there are some drawbacks. For instance, no one knows how often the whole system gets updates. So, if your professor asks you to cite a particular scientist, their papers might not be there. That often works with recent research papers because the system sometimes fails to upload them. The scientist might not know that their work isn’t there. And by the time they see it and upload the paper, your essay might have already become overdue. 

#2: CORE (Research Papers)

This is a similar search engine to Google Scholar but a British one. Again, the navigation is easy, and there are millions of scientific papers to analyze and cite. The only inconvenient thing is finding the engine itself. So, it’s better to google “CORE research papers” than the designation alone because it will suggest a video game.

#3: Intellectual Repository of Your College or University 

Every educational institution has an archive and a library. Yes, it does sound boring. And yes, not many students will go to a physical library to write a regular essay. But you have access to it all with the power of the Internet, too! Just find your department in the navigation, and you are good to go.

Imagine being a professor and finding out that your students use your articles to back their thesis up. It is both an act of respect and also an indicator of a deep interest in the scientific search of one’s mentor. Well, not all articles there are by professors. Sometimes students can publish their deposited documents there too. 

#4: Eurostat DataBase 

If you need statistics for an essay, then this website will be helpful a whole lot. It’s not that easy to navigate and the font is small. Yet, there are documents on all possible topics. So, no matter your subject and object of observation, you will find data for that there. 

But this website is only about European statistics though. 

#5: News Websites and Magazines 

Don’t neglect the power of mass media! Professional journalists never miss relevant topics. They always report about the most significant things. Usually, they back up their materials with statistics and the opinions of specialists. Well, sometimes comments of witnesses and non-experts provide compelling information too. And it might be the thing you need for your essay! 

Yet, there is a vast stumbling block. When you use news resources, you have to be attentive to who runs the media as a project. The medium always has an information policy. That significantly affects the prospect of texts and other materials. The “outlook” of a journalist might be just what their boss wants them to say. And of course, the media sins by sometimes giving unimportant or unverified information. Sometimes that happens unintentionally but your essay still needs solid facts. 

So, pay attention to: 

  • The company which distributes the medium; 
  • The owner(s); 
  • The editor(s); 
  • Its information policy (should be on the website); 
  • Balance of submission of opinions on conflicting topics; 
  • Emotional “coloring” of texts of information genres: it shouldn’t be there. Only reportages can be emotional but it still shouldn’t impose the opinions of specific beneficiaries. Also, publicism and gonzo journalism can have strong emotions. But those materials always carry an opinion of an author, so be careful to not position their opinion as facts. 

Still, newspapers and magazines, materialistic or digital ones, can be your resource how to find background information for your essay writing. 

#6: Official Governmental Websites 

This will be a good database for your essay too. Official information tends to be objective, clear, and precise. Also, it will have a huge scale no matter the problems the government elucidates. Still, such things always add politics into discourse. 

In Conclusion 

You don’t have to cite only scientific papers to write an essay. Many more options can help you saturate your paper with factual material. But you have to be media literate and attentive in the process of gathering the information. And, of course, you can combine different resources! That will prove the complexity of your searching process!