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Research guide - Learn how to use library and web resources to complete your paper.
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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A. Choosing a Database/Source

Once you have selected your keywords, it is time to pick a library database or resource to search for information.  Think about what information you need to find.  Use the chart below to help you choose a library resource to search

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Search Merriam-Webster or use the dictionary in Literary Reference Center for definitions.

background information / history   

You can find supporting evidence for your paper by searching these sources for:

  • information about the author
  • any significant event discussed - Example: Italian Renaissance or Great Depression
  • history behind a movement or idea - Example: history of abortion in the United States
scholarly articles / literary criticism

Literary Reference Center is the best place to find literary critcisms.  Check this database first, before trying the others.  

Be sure to include the name of your philosopher in your search. 

Remember to try synonyms for your keywords.  For example, search for "Aristotle and women" and "Artistotle and gender".


You will need to know the current GALILEO password to use any online library resource.  The password is posted in your Student Portal under the "Resource" tab.  You can also check your student email for the GALILEO password for the current semester or call the library for assistance.


    B. Picking Keywords for the Search Bar

    Searching for articles, literary criticisms, or eBooks?

    Enter the name of your philosopher and your choice of keywords into the search bar.  Connect each word using the word "AND".  

    Use this type of search when looking in Literary Reference Center, EBSCO,or ProQuest.  You can add as many keywords as you like.


    Searching for books, definitions/history, or films?

    Search using one or two words.  Try the name of your philosopher or the topic you have chosen.

    Use this simple search when looking in the Library Catalog or Films On Demand.


    C. Narrowing Your Search

    Using broad search terms (like "gender equality") will return a large number of articles.  To narrow your results, try some of these options:

    1.  Check for Full Text  By default, your search should be limited to full-text articles only. Make sure that this option is selected.
    2.  Change the Date    Think about your topic.  You may only need articles from a certain time period.  If you need articles written in the last five years, five days, or only in the 1980s - you will have an option to limit the date range of your results on the results screen.      
    3.  Add Keywords Add more keywords to your search.  For example: Instead of searching for "Aristotle and women", search for "Aristotle and women and society" OR "Aristotle and Plato and women and society".
    4.  Limit to "Scholarly Journals" If you are searching for literary criticisms, select the option to search for scholarly journals or peer-reviewed journals (or both).

    D. Additional How To Guides and Tutorials

    Need help using one of the library's online resources?  Check out some of the how-to guides below.  The Library Orientation guide will give a general overview of each major library resource.

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    Distance Education Resources
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    Helpful Books

    Below is just a few of many books available for your course.  Be sure to check the Library Catalog for additional titles!

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    Twenty Questions - Bowie, Michaels, Solomon
    Call Number: BD21 .B63 2011
    ISBN: 1439043965
    Available from the library desk. Checks out for 1 week.

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    Art: A Brief History - M. Stokstad, M Cothren
    Call Number: N5300 .S923 2010
    ISBN: 0136059090

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    Columbia History of Western Philosophy - RH Popkin
    Call Number: B72 .C593 1999
    ISBN: 0231101287

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    National Geographic Almanac of World History - P Daniels, S Hyslop
    Call Number: Ref D20 .D33 2003
    ISBN: 0792250923
    This book is reserved for use inside the library only.


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