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Starting That Research Project

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

It’s that time during the term when many students are stopping by the Information Services Desk to ask for help in starting a research project. Good move! We are happy to help you get going in the right direction. But if you can’t make it in to see us, we also have features built into the library web site to help you as you begin your research:

  • For a start, try searching your broad subject in our Reference eBooks. The articles in these collections of subject encyclopedias, such as the Encyclopedia of the European Union or the Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, contain basic facts and figures and address the important aspects of a topic. This should help you pick a specific area of focus for your research.
  • The Research by Subject pages are another good place to start. Pick an area of study such as Psychology, Speech Communication, or Global Studies and explore the resources suggested by our librarians. You’ll find lists of important reference books, recommended web sites and suggestions for which databases to use to find articles from journals in that field.
  • For assistance with questions such as, “What exactly is a scholarly journal?” or “How do I know if it’s a primary source?” try the Help With Research page on the library web site.

These ideas should get you started, but please come in for help or contact us if we can be of assistance.