Step 7. Research
Think of what materials and resources you will need (books, articles, websites...) and how you will use them in your paper. Determine the type of sources you will want to use. For example, do you need primary or secondary sources? Can you use popular or scholarly sources? Do you need to use peer-reviewed journal articles?
As you begin your research, collect common keywords and search terms which describe your topic and develop a search strategy for your research.
Reference Sources & Background Information
If you are not familiar with your topic or need background information, use reference sources like dictionaries and encyclopedias to look up names, dates, facts, etc... Reference resources will also give you keywords and search terms you can use to search for additional information sources. Review Step 4. Gather Background Information for more information.
Movies & Media
Locate feature films, documentaries, and other educational media resources in the library catalog. Use the "Advanced Search" feature to specify the format type (e.g. audio, visual, electronic materials).
The Hartness Library subscribes to thousands of newspapers, magazines, and academic journals, most of which are housed in library databases. There are a few different ways to search for articles:
- Select an article database by subject and search for articles using keywords, common phrases, and search terms related to your subject.
- Search for a specific journal by title by entering the same of the publication. You can use this journal index to see if the library subscribes to a particular publication and which database it is housed in.
Search for credible websites using the collections of recommended websites on the Subject Guides.
Once you have located material for your paper, review the relevance and credibility of the information. Be sure to evaluate the resources you find.