Deciding Where to Search
What type(s) of sources might you need?
Does your assignment recommend certain source types (e.g. peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, data, books, videos)? What role do sources play in the project?
Depending on the topic, you might look for books, articles, media coverage, or other online sources. If your topic is very new, there may not be many books or scholarly articles because scholarly works can have a long publication process.
Who has written on/discussed your topic?
A topic like "race relations in prisons" might be explored by scholars in sociology, law, criminal justice, public policy, psychology, or ethnic studies. Search by discipline or your academic field by using the databases and other library resources recommended in the Subject Guides.
Articles: Academic Search Premier contains scholarly, popular, and professional journal articles from most disciplines. Or search most of our databases simultaneously through Library Search. These are often good places to start your research.
Primary Sources: See our guide to Finding Primary Sources.
Newspaper Sources: Go to Finding Newspaper Articles.
Looking for data? The Berntsen Library provides access to databases that contain statistics, e.g., Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Or search Google for data on your topic. Search for "[your topic] statistics" or "[your topic] data."
Still not sure where to search? Ask a Librarian!