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Whenever you are searching for resources ask yourself:

  • What am I looking for?
    • Background information, general overview, very specific or specialized information/analysis ?
    • Remember: The same information you use to cite a resource is the same information you can use to help asses a resource.
  • Where should I look for this information?
    • Search engine looking at open web, library catalog, general database, specialized database?
      • Should I use the Simple/Basic search or the Advanced search option?
        • Suggestion: If you are using a database heavily, use advanced search, and look in the  help section for suggestions on how to construct your search.
  • How am I searching?
    • Natural language search using key words, or subject term search,or Boolean search (AND, OR, NOT)?
  • What language do i want my resources to be in?
    • Some databases have language options/filters

Gathering Background Information

As you get started, you can get ideas from class discussions or readings.

If it is a topic you are just getting started with, look for background Information in reference resources.

Reference resources allow you to:

  • Gain familiarity with the topic
  • Identify more specific aspects of the topic on which to focus
  • Provide context and identify differing perspectives
  • Identify experts related to the topic

Humanities Research Librarian

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Rafia Mirza