Where do I start to find information?
The library's "Research" page is highly recommended as your starting point for finding information to support any research assignment!
Start by searching the library's CATALOG
Extend your search using WorldCat to identify works in the collections of libraries in the U.S. and other countries.Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services to obtain the most relevant resources identified via WorldCat. Please bear in mind, most libraries will not lend archival materials (i.e. rare books, other special collections) and very few libraries lend videos. ILL items may take (10) days to arrive, although delivery times vary.
Choose the appropriate SUBJECT listing of databases to identify the most relevant resources for a particular discipline; note that pertinent Web sites are listed; the most recommended database(s) for the discipline are marked with an asterisk.
Make the library's DATABASES your first stop for finding relevant information from periodicals (e.g. journals, magazines, newspapers)
HINT: Keep in mind that every database contains different content!
A good rule of thumb is to search several databases.
The first question to ask yourself is, how do I know that a website is reliable? Look for these basic indicators: AUTHORITY - TIMELINESS - CURRENCY - OBJECTIVITY...as explained below:
1. Who is the author/sponsoring organization? What are their qualifications? Do they provide contact information?
2. How current is the information on website? Is it updated frequently and are the links working?
3. What is the site's purpose? Does it document sources used - i.e. provide a bibliography?
4. How objective is the site? Does it try to persuade or promote a particular agenda or product?
Now that you armed with the basics for evaluating website content, use the following resources to get started.
Choose the appropriate SUBJECT listing of databases to identify the most relevant website resources for a particular discipline -- websites are listed near the bottom of these pages. These sites have either been carefully selected by librarians or identified by your professors as being useful for your research.
For further assistance: ASK A LIBRARIAN
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