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A specialized reference source provides:
- an overview of the topic
- ideas for searchable keywords
- lists of other sources from bibliographies that are often included with the entries
Gather background info
- Read background information on your subject.
- Compile lists of keywords or subject terms.
- Search the Online Catalog for library materials with the subjects or keywords you have identified.
- Are there experts who have researched your topic? Identify them and list.
- Search your topic in relevant online research databases.
- Skim through the literature you have looked at. Which sources are most useful?
The library subscribes to online research databases with some providing a wide assortment of reference titles, like Credo Reference, with over 800 titles.
Get background information to start your research and use the Mind Map to find related terms and expand your search. Over 3,400,000 full text entries in 1,012 titles from 100+ publishers. Includes images.
Gale eBooks, formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library, contains over 200 reference and specialized sources on multiple subjects.
Find digitized books on alternative medicine, infectious diseases, behavioral health, community and family health, addictions and substance abuse, cancer, women's health, nutrition, and a comprehensive medical guide. Includes authored entries.
Find digitized books on U.S. historical periods, countries, immigration, privacy, innovators, world religions, and racial and ethnic relations. Opinions throughout history: death penalty, voter's rights, presidential authority, and guns in America.
Find digitized books on applied science, mathematics, natural disasters, environment issues, climate change, and principles of chemistry, physical science, and physics.
As you read through your literature you should see references to researchers or scholars on your topic. Write down their names. You may want to search them by subject and author when using the Online Catalog or online research databases.