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*Argument & Inquiry Seminars

Building context and doing research during your first term on campus.

Get Started: Google Scholar

Searching works better if you use the terms that the authors are using:

  • take notes about related words and concepts
  • use those in future searches on Google and in other places

Using what you find:

  • Remember to evaluate your sources to see if they are worthy of your attention! See "Evaluating What You Find Online" to the left.
  • Found articles but can't get to the full text? There's a tab for that to the left!

Get Started: Reference Sources

  • The best results are those that give you clues about where you might look next (other entries, similar names, and especially "further reading").
  • Keep notes about useful words and related concepts that you can use in future searches.
  • Search using just a few important words at a time for best results.

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Search through hundreds of subject encyclopedias at once.

Get Started: Books and Articles

  • Looking for books and articles from the library? Search Catalyst!
  • Use facets on the left-hand side for more options for refining your search.
  • Search using just a few important words at a time for best results.
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Reading in College

cat sitting in the grass, paw on book, looking into the distance

BibBornem, "Cat reading book 498102." 1 May 2011. CC0 1.0.

Other Guides

Librarians often make research guides for individual courses where the professor has asked for library assistance. If you don't see your course on this list, stop by the Research/IT desk for help with research from other courses.