An excellent starting-point for research are Reference Sources, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries. They provide the background information you need to better understand your topic and to develop keywords for searches.
Below are selected library databases and reference books that can help you start researching your topic.
Wikipedia can be great reference resource to start learning about your topic. It can help you with:
It's generally true that Wikipedia should:
REMEMBER: Always make sure to follow the requirements communicated by your teacher. The appropriateness of different information resources varies depending on the circumstances of specific assignments and topics.
Provides access to a large number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books. Subjects covered include art, biography, history, literature, music, religion, and science and technology.
Provides information on various social issues, including pro and con articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
An important part of the research process is developing a list of keywords that will help you locate relevant information on your topic. Here are some tips to help you with this process:
Once you have some keywords for your topic, you can begin searching for information. This video provides strategies to develop effective searches using Boolean Operators.
For more great search tips, check out the Library Searching 101 guide:
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