The information on this page will help you to get the best resources for your research. View each tutorial (don't worry; they're short!) and, if required to do so by your instructor, complete the exercises in the box at the bottom of the page.
If you have questions about your research, the link below will show you the different ways to contact a librarian. There are plenty of resources and research strategies that we don't have time to cover here, so don't hesitate to ask for assistance.
CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoint are two databases that are great both for selecting a topic and researching current social issues.
"Books? Why would I use a book?"
Well, you'd use a book because:
This tutorial will get you started finding books.
There are some important differences between magazines and journals. Watch this short video to learn more.
Finding journal articles is going to be an important part of your research. This tutorial will get you started.
While books and articles have been though some evaluation, anyone can publish anything on the web. Ask yourself these questions before using a website for schoolwork.
Complete and print out this worksheet for your instructor if you need evidence of your having completed the orientation. It won't take much time and it's something you'd do as part of your research anyway.