Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015     Views: 49

The Library can offer people resources and collection resources. Each academic department has a librarian responsible for assisting the faculty, staff, and students, so consult the subject help list for contact information and subject specific web pages with recommended sites.

The Library's book collection is searchable using Addison. If unsure how to begin try running a keyword search using some of the words related to your topic, then browse through the list of retrieved results and look at the full record of those that look most interesting. In the full record you will see the official subject headings, which can be selected for a new, more precise search. For example, a keyword search of the terms American Civil War will find many relevant books on that topic but a subject search using the phrase United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-186 will bring better results.

To supplement your search for books, use one of the library's databases to search for articles on your topic. There are hundreds of databases, so where to start? The subject help list web pages all include recommended databases for that general subject. Start with those databases. Undergraduates may want to search Academic Search Complete from EBSCOhost as it is an extremely large database covering many topics. Similarly, graduate students may want to search Web of Science as it covers many topics but typically in serious, academic journals.

If you want some general advice on getting started with a research project or paper, look at Getting started with academic research or the Information Skills Modules

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