Answered By: Dean Riley
Last Updated: Jun 15, 2016     Views: 10

This could be a long answer but to keep it brief, you can review the following LibGuides for a variety of ideas:

Library resaerch involves a lot of details such as:

  • knowing how to search for books versus articles,
  • knowing which databases to use for a specific subject or academic disicpline,
  • understanding search methods and coming up with good search terms and narrowing large results sets so your results are more relevant and you waste less time weeding out the irrelevant sources,
  • understanding LinkSource to find  full-text articles when there might not otherwise be one, and
  • using good critical evaluation skills to narrow down quality articles. These guides go into some of these details.

As for assembling your materials into an organized paper, I highly recommend Kate Turabian's writing suggestions at the beginning of her citation style manual book. We have several copies available on permament reserve at the Circulation Desk and the Ready Reference shelf behind the Reference Desk.

For additional help, please by the Reference Desk so we can assist you more on a one-on-one basis and tailor our resources to your needs.