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Getting Started: Library Research Strategy

This guide is intended to help you develop a strategy for conducting research.

Gathering Relevant Information

Gathering relevant information on a chosen topic can be time consuming, so don't wait until the last minute to get started. Remember that after you gather items for your research, you will still need time to read and evaluate the information.

Knowing the major differences between primary vs. secondary sources and journals vs. magazines (see links below) may be invaluable to you as you determine which materials are most relevant to your topic and the assignment at hand.

Search the library catalog to locate books, videos, and other resources that relate to your topic. Search the library's databases to locate journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on your topic. Databases are also useful for locating dissertations, company profiles, and other resources. The Leatherby libraries subscribes to general and subject-specific databases, available online for you to search, 24/7. 

It is also recommended that you use the Library's online research/subject guides compiled by librarians at the Leatherby Libraries to locate resources specific to your subject area or major.

Talking with your professors, librarians, and other professionals may also lead you to additional relevant information on your topic.