Diversity & Inclusion
Exploring the library's resources
Use the TABS across the top of this guide to find and think critically about resources you need.
Where Do I Start?
- Explore topics to find where your interest lies.
- Start with your textbook and course materials, conversations with other students in the class and, of course, your professor.
- Then browse beyond Google, using authoritative library reference sources to begin your exploration and find ideas. Check the encyclopedias tab above for examples and links.
- Develop and use a Search Strategy.
- Once you have identified a topic, write it as a question.
- Think of as many words as you can to describe your topic. Add more terms that you discover as you search.
- Consider various opinions about controversial issues.
- Some library series that may help are listed in a sub-set of the encyclopedias tab above.
- Pay attention to tone and slant when reading any source.
- Discover more in depth.
- Read what others have published in books or periodical articles that you could develop into a topic.
- Use the tabs above for tips and suggestions for these.
- Be flexible.
- You may decide to modify your topic as you gain knowledge about your topic.