Where you go to search depends largely on your topic and on what type of information you need.  See below to get some ideas for places that might work best for you.

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Library Catalog Books are a great place to start, especially if you need more general types of information.  Obviously, you probably won’t read the whole thing.  You can scan the table of contents and index, as well as looking at nearby books in the stacks.

Wikipedia: You may be thinking, “What!? I’m not allowed to use Wikipedia!” Well, you probably won’t cite it in your paper, but if you don’t know much about your topic, it can be a great place to get ideas for key terms to use in library databases, as well as providing ideas for interesting ways to narrow or focus your topic.

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Academic Search Premier This library database is a great one to start with.  It has information on almost any topic:  from the impact of Snapchat to the environmental impact of biking to work to the latest cancer research.  It also has different types of articles, including scholarly, magazine and news.

Databases by Subject:  Click on the subject area that best encompasses your search need.  Pay special attention to the top three or four databases listed under the “Key Databases” heading.  For example, interested in the psychology of quitting smoking?  Try one of the databases listed under the psychology heading.

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Subject Guides: These research guides are organized by subject.  They can help give you further ideas about what databases and tools to use for your subject area.

Google Scholar: This is Google’s attempt to get you results that are more scholarly than regular
Google searches.  If you are on campus you will see links to any full text articles that the library owns.  If you are off-campus, you can set your preferences to get access through the library.

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