When you're not sure how to select the best library databases for your topic.
When you need help identifying search words
When you aren't sure if your source is sufficiently credible and academic for the assignment
When you've found an interesting citation but can't find the full text
When you've spent a lot of time searching without good results
When you're feeling frustrated
LIBRARY RESEARCH DATABASES
Periodicals - magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals
eBooks - browse tables of contents to narrow your topic
Scholarly Encyclopedias - encyclopedia articles are written by experts, provide a concise background information, and are helpful for identifying narrower aspects of a topic
Get background information so that you understand all the aspects and issues related to your topic. The Credo Reference and Gale eBooks databases, which have scholarly encyclopedia articles, can be good sources for background information.
What do you know about your topic?
What do you still need to find out about your topic?
What aspects of your topic interest you (historical, psychological, moral, economic, sociological, cultural, political, technical, physiological etc.)?
What time period do you want to cover?
On which geographic region or country do you want to focus?
On what group do you want to focus?