Answered By: Ian Fraser
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2021

There are a number of good places to start, depending on your situation:

  • The Library Website: The homepage of the library has a search box that will allow you to look for key words or concepts. This is a very flexible tool, so remember to explore the features, in particular the search limiters in the left column.
  • Our Databases: the library subscribes to a huge collection of databases that give you deeper access to our books, journals, videos, and more. It's a good idea to use the subject drop-down menu to see which databases will be most useful for your topic.
  • Encyclopedias: Some of our databases are specifically for encyclopedias, which are useful if you are brand new to a topic, or you want to get some key background information before digging deeper. Two good places to start are the Gale Virtual Reference Library, or Oxford Reference Online.
  • Journals by Title: if you know the name of a good journal/magazine, you can search to see if the library has a subscription. Remember, you're looking for the title of the journal, not the article.
  • Research Guides: the librarians have a prepared guides to a wide range of subject areas and topics. These are particularly useful if you don't know exactly where to start.

Note: all of these tools are linked from the library homepage, so you can enjoy quick access anytime you visit.

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