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Research Process: A Step-by-Step Approach: Step 2 - Find Information Sources

Guide to help students familiarize themselves with the research process and useful library tools.

Find Information Sources

Find Information Sources

Identifying Resources

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Choosing Your Research Tool

Books provide you with a good general overview of a topic, but are generally not as up to date as the other sources and can be found by using the llibrary catalog,

Journal articles from scholarly journals and magazines tend to deal with more specific topics than books, and are usually more up to date. The library has numerous databases providing access to full text articles.

Web pages - All kinds of information can be found on the Internet. The currency and quality of the information varies greatly.

Where to locate resources by publication type

Publication Type On the Web Nash Library Website
Web/News Media Internet Search Engine  
Newspapers Newspaper website  
Popular Magazines Magazine website
*limited full-text access
Academic Search Ultimate
Business Source Premier
Scholarly/Trade Journals Publisher website
*limited full text access
General Database:
Academic Search Ultimate


Discipline-Specific Databases:
Business Source Premier, CINAHL, IEEE Explore

Books Google Books Print: Library Catalog

eBooks: Ebook Central &   EBSCO eBooks

Reference Materials Online Public encyclopedias have content limitations

Print: – Library Catalog