These are some of the questions a lot of students have when getting started on major research projects. Don't hesitate to ask a librarian for more help with these or any other question you might have.
You may want to search for books at other libraries or see what they have in their collections. This search is also a great way to brainstorm topic ideas because you get a good idea of the scope of research out there. If you find a book you want that we don't have, request it through interlibrary loan.
Want a book or journal article that isn't in Carleton's collection? Have you found something online that's prompting you for a password? Don't buy it! Make sure we don't have it in Carleton's collection, then, if not, request it through ILL. What's ILL? This short video will explain.