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Welcome to Linfield Libraries Resources  

These pages combined with the ADP/DCE Library Services link, the Research Tips and Bite Size Tutorials should give you the background you need to use your libraries' resources. You will also have customized Library Class Pages in some of your classes.
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Where Do I Start?

Develop a Search Strategy:

  • Choose a topic that really interests you.  Start with your textbook and course materials. Your professor can be a big help in pointing you in a good direction. Then browse reference sources, newspapers, or even Google for other ideas.

  • Once you have identified a topic, write it as a question.

  • Think of as many keywords or concepts (not whole sentences) as you can to describe your topic. Add more words, subject headings, and descriptors that you find as you search.

  • Combine the terms for your online searching using Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to get more relevant sources.

  • Think about what you already know about your topic. What more do you want to know?

  • Take time to explore what kind of information is available.  See what others have published in books or periodical articles.

  • Be open to new ideas:  Modify your topic as you discover more information.


  • Research is a process. 

  • It takes time to search and to think about what you find and how it fits with your topic.


Research Tips & Bite Size Tutorials

Help with searching, finding, and getting the sources you need.

Research Tips

Bite Size Tutorials- short videos


Search Linfield Libraries

Search for books and articles via the Linfield Libraries Webpages, including:

Read about ADP/DCE Services for Adult Degree Program Students.

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