Now it's time to find appropriate resources that will fulfill the assignment requirements.
Has your instructor given you specific instructions for the the resources you need to use? Do you need books, eBooks, or scholarly articles? How many of these do you need to use in order to fulfill the requirement?
*Gathering Your Information
Research involves gathering and interpreting information. To answer a question or understand an issue you have to seek relevant information, which helps you develop your own point of view.
It's important to remember that information from outside sources should not stand in for your thinking. Sometimes people believe that gathering information and summarizing it in a paper is all there is to the research process. But finding information is just part of the process.
Research involves applying critical thinking to information. A researcher analyzes the material and develops a perspective on it. The goal is to think critically about the information, not simply repeat its ideas.
So what is a database? It is a collection of data or information organized in a specific manner so that the information can be easily accessed.
In the library it is referred to as an online collection of scholarly articles that you can search by using keywords.
This link takes you to a listing of all the databases the library subscribes to - Databases A-Z page.
If you are having trouble finding the resources you need through the library catalog or databases, try an interlibrary loan (ILL). An ILL is an agreement between libraries to loan books, media, or articles.
To search for an item for ILL go to OCLC's First Search and enter Authorization:100108226 Password: spoonriver
Once you have found the book or DVD go to Borrow From Other Libraries and fill out the request form.
Here's a library guide with more information about ILL.
If you have any questions or problems call, email, or come into the library for assistance.
If you find that you are running into unfamiliar concepts or vocabulary while researching. Try using the Credo Reference database to provide background information on your topic.
Use your list of keywords, phrases, and sub-topics to search for books.
Search the Library Catalog for items the library owns.
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The library subscribes to EBSCO's eBook collection. The collection has over 135,000 nonfiction eBooks with an easy to use search interface. Watch this video on the basic's of searching an EBSCO database.
The references used by the author in an article or book you're already using is a great place to find additional resources for your project!