Use tabs above for more info on the following topics:
• References: Example reference sources with overview information (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.)
• Books: Use the Library Catalog to access books and more
• Articles: Use Databases to access articles from periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers) and more
• Websites: Find out where to go to get reliable info online
• Citation Help: Access info on citing sources and using NoodleTools
There's a lot of information out there, but not all of it is appropriate for your research. You'll need to evaluate what you find and an easy way to evaluate is with the TRAAP Test. TRAAP stands for Timeliness, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. Click on the PDF link below to learn more.
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 terms, broader terms and narrower terms. Here's another look at this research question and a few related terms.
Can't think of any related terms? Try this online graphical dictionary and thesaurus.
The infoLAB tutorial shows you how to investigate a topic, search for information, locate what you found in the library, evaluate the information and utilize it for essays or projects. The complete tutorial takes about 45 minutes and is accessible via the link below. To access a specific section, click on another tab in this box.
To find out what you need, you'll have to investigate.
When you know what you want and need, you're ready to search for info.
After a successful search, it's time to locate what you need.
Once you have articles and books in hand, it's time to evaluate their quality.
After you identify, locate and evaluate it's time to utilize what you've found.