Use this pathfinder to select a topic, find books and journal articles, and to organize and write your paper utilizing library resources.
Selecting a Topic
· Be sure to pick a topic that is of interest to you and that fits the parameters of your assignment. The more excited you are about your topic, the more motivated you will be to work on your paper!
· Be sure to have your topic approved by your instructor.
· Be sure that you can find enough resources to support your conclusions.
· Be sure you know your deadlines. Don’t put off checking out books, they might not be available when you need them. Allow time for books to be requested from other libraries. Interlibrary loans can take up to 10 days.
for books at libraries across Michigan including academic and special libraries. Allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Search our e-Book Collection
We have a number of great books available in electronic format, 24 hours a day/7 days a week through remote access.
Searching Tip: Always start out with broad search terms and then narrow your results. Try keyword searches until you identify the proper Subject Headings. Advanced searching in our databases will allow you to narrow and focus your results even more.
Finding Magazine, Journal or Newspaper Articles
Use a library database to search for articles. Most of our databases have full-text copies of articles that you can read right from the database.
Take Note: A database is not a website. Even though you access databases online, they are not websites. Databases contain premium content from reference books, newspapers, journals, magazines that is not readily available from online websites.
Use thiscomprehensive database to get started. Search reference books, journal and newspaper articles, and more in click.
General Reference Center Gold
This general database searches magazines, newspapers and reference books on a variety of subjects. Find articles from 1980 to the present.
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