What library materials are available for online students?
Online students have access to myriad types of sources through the Linfield Library homepage including:
- Research databases that provide full-text access to articles or information about articles that can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
- Ebooks accessible through the Linfield Library Search on the library's homepage
- Online encyclopedias available in a range of speciality subject areas
- Print books which can be mailed to students from the Linfield Library or through the Summit system from dozens of research libraries in the Pacific Northwest.
For more information on accessing these materials and more, see the tabs in this guide or contact Beth West, Teaching and Online Learning Librarian.
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.