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Decide where to Search

Where do I start?

The best place to start is with reference sources (encyclopedia articles are your best bet) 

Type of Source Definition Examples

Reference Source*

*often called tertiary source

  • offers a summary or review of a subject
  • Encyclopedias/Databases 
  • Dictionaries
  • Almanacs

How will a reference source help me in starting my research?

  1. Get an overview of the broader topic
  2. Identify sub-topics for narrowing a topic
  3. Highlight key terms (people, places, events, dates) - these can be used for more focused research
  4. References and citations that follow a reference source offer an early idea of source availability for a topic

Where can I find good reference sources?

The Librarians recommend these databases to start your research.