STEP 3: USE THE LIBRARY TO RESEARCH ARTICLES AND INFORMATION
SUMMARY: Use guided keyword searching to find materials on your topic. Copy the article permalink/URL or write down the citation (author, title,etc.) and the location information (call number and library) if you find a physical book on your topic. When you pull the book from the shelf, look at the bibliography for additional sources.
The database you choose will depend on the topic you have chosen to research. Keep in mind that you will not stick with the same database for your entire research process. You will be using many different databases depending on the information you need to make a compelling argument. General databases are a good place to begin research, since they cover a broad range of topics. Disciplinary databases are good for finding more specific information and are generally used in the middle or end of your research as your topic narrows.
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