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Welcome back to our Beginning Research Series! To see the Parts I and II of this series, click here: Beginning Research Part I and Beginning Research Part II.

Successful research is largely dependent on two things. Knowing WHERE to look and knowing HOW to look.

So, where should you look? To begin with, try checking our catalog for print resources. Having references from a wide variety of resources (books, journals, websites, etc.) will make your paper more well-rounded. To check the catalog, log-in to the library splash page: The username is your student ID # and the password is the last four digits of your SSN.

Once you’ve logged in, use the orange box to search the catalog. Make sure to limit your search by your respective campus. If you do find books from another campus that you’d like to borrow, ask a librarian to place a reserve for pick-up for you. Interlibrary loans usually take a few days to come in though, so be aware of this and keep your paper’s due date in mind!

Can’t find any books on your specific topic? Try locating titles on a more broad topic and then checking the index of the book. The index is an alphabetical list of important terms, located in the back of the book. The correlating page numbers are where your term appears in the text. We might not have an entire book on your topic, but that doesn’t mean that the books we have don’t cover it.

This method also applies when searching e-books. Our e-books are located in the blue box on the library’s homepage in eBrary. We have access to over 70,000 full length titles in eBrary, so check it out!

Reference resources are a great place to begin research because they offer a basic overview of the topic. Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs. Here at EU, you can access reference resources online through our databases. CredoReference and eLibrary are both excellent reference sources. Both are located through the LIRN link in the blue databases box on the library splash page.

Journal articles are much more specific than reference entries. They often contain original research or data on a subject. Journal articles, which are often peer-reviewed, are not the same thing as magazine or newspaper articles. Since both types of articles appear in our databases, make sure you double-check the publication before you assume that the article came from a journal. You can certainly use magazines and newspapers as a source! But, be a conscientious reader and stay on the lookout for any biases in the article. The subjects our individual databases cover a range from the highly specific, like AWIN or Natural Standard, to the overarching, such as ProQuest or InfoTrac, so be aware of all the different databases we have that cover your subject. There are handouts in the library or you can ask a librarian for a full list of databases by major subject area.

Finally, searching the web can be overwhelming. Try clicking on the Resources tab right here on the blog. (It’s in the upper right corner.) We have links for APA Style and all the programs here at EU. These links are arranged by subject (example: Alternative Medicine: Herbs and Supplements). The websites listed under the links are reputable and have been reviewed by EU librarians, so you can feel confident using them for your research.

Check back with us next week as we detail the HOW of searching! Questions? Contact your branch librarian!

Comments on: "Beginning Research Part III- Finding Resources" (3)

  1. […] Welcome back to our Beginning Research Series! To see the Parts I and II of this series, click here: Beginning Research Part I, Part II and Part III. […]

  2. […] Do you know the difference between research articles and reference resources? Research articles are often peer reviewed, published in scholarly journals, and contain original research on highly specific subject. Reference resources, such as encyclopedias, almanacs, and dictionaries, give a broad overview of a topic or subject. For more on different types of resources and where to find them, check out our earlier post on Beginning Research: Finding Resources. […]

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