Should you begin your search in the library or on the Web? Much depends on your topic. If it is a newsworthy topic of current interest, you may want to start with the Web. Don't overlook the need to conduct background research in the library, however. You won't understand a current topic fully without reading widely, in library books, online databases (journals, newspapers, and magazines), and on the Web.
If you have purchased The Research Paper: A Guide to Library and Internet Research you are eligible to use Content Select, an Ebscohost database. You must register to use this service.
After completing the exercises listed in the left frame, you should be able to:
- Use the library to find sources
Select "Exploring the Library: Books and Online Databases"(p. 56) then select either Finding Sources in the Library (p. 56) or
Components of the Library
- Discover which key words are most productive for you to use.
Click on "Exploring the Library: Books and Online Databases" then select either Key Word Searching & Subject Searching or
Develop a Key Word List (p. 74)
- Use search engines to explore your topic online.
Click on "Exploring and Searching the Web" then select either
Exploring the Web or
Search Engines (p. 71)
- Find experts on your topic.
Click on "Field Research and Interviewing Experts" to access Mailing Lists (p. 78) or
Finding Experts (p. 80)