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