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How to Write a Research Paper: 3. Locating Sources & Information
Information for gathering components of a research paper. Use the tabs below to find information on: 1. Selecting of a Topic, 2. Types of Information Sources, 3. Locating Information, 4. Searching the Web, 5. Evaluating Sources, and 6. Citation
Encyclopedias can be a great starting place -- they give you facts and provide an overview of a topic. They also list books, journal articles, and other sources where you can get more in-depth information.
Search for background information in 100+ encyclopedias in the Gale Virtual Reference Library:
Some students may wish to use electronic books (ebooks) in their research. Use the search window below to locate ebooks. They can be be read entirely online or downloaded to your PC, laptop, tablet or notebook. For most of these ebooks, you'll need a login id and password. Click here for more info.
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Tips for searching the catalog:
USE simple words or phrases, like "attachment theory" or "aging" or "social development".
AVOID typing in long phrases or questions. (See what happens when you type in "How do children develop?")
Limit your search to electronic books by clicking .
Scroll down and select E-BOOK from the Material Type box.