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Last Updated: Aug 8, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Types of Library Resources

There are two main types of library resources you can use to find resources for your papers...

  • Books: Use the library catalog to find information about books in the library and ebooks you can access online
  • Articles in Periodicals: The library databases provide access to various periodicals.

Which type of resource should you use? Click on the link below to view a chart that can help you decide.


    Choosing the Right Resource

    Which type of source should you use -- books, articles, or websites? This chart can help you decide.


    Evaluating Sources

    This chart can help with evaluating books, articles, and websites


    Research Tips: Search Terms

    Before you start your search, think about your search terms...

    Determine the main idea(s) in your research question or topic. 
    These will be your search terms.

        For example,

    • If your research question is "Should capital punishment be abolished?"
    • Then your search term is "capital punishment"

    Make a list of synonymous termsbroader terms, and narrower terms. Here's another look at this research question and a few related terms... 


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    Evaluating Sources Tutorial

    Click on the link below for an online tutorial about evaluating sources


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