Answered By: Woodruff Library Reference
Last Updated: Feb 05, 2018     Views: 145

Here is a good strategy for figuring out where to search for resources on your topic:

Think about what type(s) of sources you need. Look at whether the assignment specifies using peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, data, books, and/or videos.

Think about your topic. The topic you are researching will have an impact on the sources you can find. Are there books on this topic? Has it been covered by the press? Has it been researched by scholars? Is there data about this? If your topic is very new, chances are that you will find very few books or scholarly articles due to the long publication process for scholarly works.

Think about who might be writing about your topic. A topic like "race relations in prisons" might be explored by scholars in sociology, law, criminal justice, public policy, psychology, or ethnic studies. You can search by discipline or your academic field by using the databases and other library resources recommended in the Subject Guides.

Looking for books? Search the Emory Libraries catalog, discoverE (search the catalog tab and limit to "Books"). For help finding books, see How do I Find Books?.

Looking for articles? Good places to start:

Looking for primary sources? 

Looking for newspaper sources?

Looking for data? Good starting places:

Looking for government information?

Still not sure where to search? Ask a Librarian!

Thanks go to the Portland State University Library for sharing their Library DIY idea with us!

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