Finding Information on your Topic
Before looking at interpretive works such as books and articles, be sure to familiarize yourself with the basic facts and issues associated with your topic. Reference works such as encyclopedias and dictionaries will give you a broad overview of topics relating to your paper.
Scholarly journals can offer insights and commentary on the most current developments in a given field. Use our databases to look for a specific topic across a range of journals.
Books offer lengthier, in-depth discussions on a specific topic, as well as bibliographies which may provide additional sources for your research. Books and eBooks can be located through the library catalog.
Government websites, museum websites, news sites, and organizational websites can provide information for research papers, but be sure to evaluate these source for accuracy and bias. Check out this video to improve your Google searching skills.
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Studies by researchers that describe, analyze, and interpret data found in primary sources to make information more accessible. Examples of secondary sources include books, articles, encyclopedias, and dictionaries.
Original works such as manuscripts, diaries, oral histories, statistical information, surveys, speeches, and government documents. These represent original thinking, reports on discoveries, or the ideas of a specific time and/or place.
To find primary sources in Ellender Library, consult Archives and Special Collections and Government Information.