This research guide will give you some information on doing research using the library resources. If you have any questions, please contact the library.
As you’re researching, you’ll encounter a variety of different source types that all may be useful for your project. Here are a few source types and some ways in which they can be helpful:
Scholarly article – These are written by people who work in and study a specific field. The articles have also undergone peer-review, which means that others read the article and suggest changes that should be made before it was published. These articles usually look at a topic in-depth, feature original research, and may include an argument for a specific interpretation, course of action, or treatment.
Encyclopedia entry – Encyclopedia entries are a great place to start for a lot of topics! These sources will provide factual information on a topic and introduce you to key concepts and other relevant information.
Newspaper article – Newspaper articles are great sources for current events, as they provide up to date information on a topic. For older topics, newspapers will provide insight into what was going on and what people were discussing when an event occurred.
Books – Books are a great way to get in-depth information on a topic, as they are usually long and well researched. Rather than reading the whole book, it’s often more effective to focus on a chapter or two.
Website – Websites are a great place to find information about organizations or groups. Just make sure you choose a reliable web site (see the “Web Sources” tab above for more info).
Zotero is a free citation manager that you can use to keep track of and organize the sources you find while researching. It can also save the full-text of sources that you find in the library's databases, identify publication information, and create automatic citations for all of your sources at once.
If you are off-campus or reading e-books, you'll need to log into your library account to access these resources. To do this, enter your library barcode, which can usually be found on the back of your student ID and begins with 20464, and your password, which is your last name in all capital letters.
If your login isn't working, or if you're not sure what your library barcode is, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org