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Humanities - Shuler (Dale Mabry): Tips

Use this guide to help you find sources for your research paper!

Follow these steps

Helpful hints

  • Work from the general to the specific.
  • Stay organized to save time and frustration.
  • Keep track of what you find and where you found it.
  • Better to gather more sources than you'll actually end up citing.
  • Notice what's on the screen! Read it!  
    • Library search engines and databases include useful tools, such as:
      • Citation, email, saving, printing, translation, and more..
    • Library search engines and databases provide multiple ways to filter your results, such as:
      • By format, subject, date range of publication, peer-reviewed articles, and more.
  • Need help? Ask a librarian.

Choose keywords wisely

Watch this 3-minute video for tips on developing key words (search terms) that get results when you search library tools. 

Source: Kreitzberg Library at Norwich University. Closed captioning and transcript available.

What are scholarly or "peer-reviewed" articles?

Many materials you find in college-level research are articles from scholarly journals, often called "peer-reviewed," or "academic." In some instances, your professor will require that you use these types of articles as sources that you cite in your work. The resources below explain the typical appearance, structure, and function of scholarly articles.