takes TIMEdon't expect to be able to do all your research in one
day. Start early
to think of research as a TREASURE HUNTyou will run into pitfalls
and frustrations but will also have unexpected pleasant surprises.
prepared to EXPAND OR NARROW THE FOCUS of your topic.
Always be on the lockout for CLUES in your search.
any source you use for bibliographies, key terms, or the name of a person
who is an authority on your subject.
time you find a useful source, write down THE FULL CITATION using the
style preferred by your teacher (MLA, APA, Turabian).
Check the AUTHORITY of your sources, especially if your topic is controversialWho is the author and is (s)he an expert in the field? What are the author's credentials? Who published the source? Does the author/publisher have a vested interest or an axe to grind? Include all sides of an issue in your paper if your subject is controversial.
a GENERAL IDEA for your paper. For a current interest paper read newspapers
and magazines. To select an open topic try CQ Researcher, shelved
at the reference desk and on the Encyclopedia shelves.
your research by looking for BACKGROUND/OVERVIEW information. A good place
to start is the ONLINE CATALOG which will lead to BOOKS on your subject.
It may be necessary to use the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS SUBJECT HEADINGS, to
select a broader, narrower or related term.
BOOKS are helpful in locating overviews and other informationthey
can be found by looking in the catalog under a general subject term or
by asking a Reference Librarian.
(newspapers, magazines, and journals) are a great source of current information.
of leafing through a year or two of a newspaper, magazine, or journal
it is usually more efficient to use a PERIODICAL INDEX to locate articles.
This library subscribes to many specialized indexes GALILEO is the best
source for the online versions. Each index covers a different set of periodicals;
the list of periodicals is usually found in the first few pages of a paper
index or in the information record (i) for a computerized index.
GALILEO indexes which cover general interest periodicals, a good place
to start for current topics, are: Periodical Abstracts and Ebsco Host.
Subject-specific indexes may be found in various formats. Check the online
catalog for those in paper form and GALILEO or Other Databases
from the Jack Tarver Library home page.
Many citations found though GALILEO are available in full text online. If the full text is not available and we do not subscribe to the periodical, ask about interlibrary loan at the reference desk.