- Begin by using the keyword brainstorming worksheet to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find.
- Search in a library catalog (Summon, OBIS, OhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources. They provide BACKGROUND and CONTEXT, review and SUMMARIZE earlier work, help you FOCUS your topic and provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
- Next, search research databases to find articles. The Library has hundreds of databases available, but the ones listed below are good places to begin.
- You may also wish to use Google or Google Scholar to search the Internet. Take advantage of Google's advanced search features!
- Finally, use the CRAAP test worksheet to evaluate the sources you find!
Multidisciplinary - good for nearly all subjects. Scholarly and trade journals, popular magazines, newspapers, conference proceedings, book reviews, and more.
OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center ( EJC)
Includes the full text of more than 7,000 online research journals covering many subject areas.
Search full-text articles in core scholarly journals throughout multiple fields. It's an archive: most titles lack entries from the past 2-5 years.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I Citations and abstracts for dissertations and theses on all subjects from around the world. Limited previews are available for some recent dissertations. Also consider PQDT Open -- full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.
Readers' Guide Abstracts (1983 to date )
Provides abstracts and indexing of over 450 periodicals back to 1983.
Readers’ Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)
Provides indexing of over three million articles from more than 550 leading magazines. This resource offers access to information about history, culture and seminal developments across nearly a century.
Web of Science
Includes the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Particularly good for cited reference searching.
ARTstor has collections of over 500,000 digital art images and associated data that can be used for noncommercial and scholarly, non-profit educational use.
Art Full Text (1984 to date)
Featuring full-text articles, indexing and abstracts from an international array of publications, this database is a comprehensive resource covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as photography, folk art, film, architecture and much more.
Concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University. Also consider other digital collections at Duke, under “Advertising and Consumer Culture” or “Women’s History.”
References to popular and scholarly articles about film and television. Dates of Coverage: 1976-2001
Film & Television Literature Index
Index to journals, magazines, and selected books covering all aspects of film and television research, including film theory, preservation, restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.
LGBT Life -- The definitive index to the world's literature regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. Includes LGBT-specific periodicals, books and reference works, with full text of the most important and historically significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers, as well as grey literature, including newsletters, case studies, speeches, etc.
Women's Studies International -- Covers the core disciplines in Women’s Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. Nearly 800 essential sources include: journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, and grey literature.
Index to research on the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Indexes articles and book reviews from more than 1,700 journals published in more than 40 languages. Dates of Coverage: 1964 to date
Index to more than 3,100 academic journals covering world history (excluding the US and Canada) from 1450 to present, in over 40 languages, with full-text available.
- Keyword brainstorming exercise -- use this worksheet to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find
- CRAAP test -- this rubric is good for helping you to evaluate the sources you find, both in print and online
- Characteristics of Journals and Magazines -- learn how to tell the difference!
- Oberlin College Writing Center -- Located in the Academic Commons of Mudd (first floor)
- Citation Help -- Print sources at Oberlin
- Citation Help -- Online sources
- Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR SOURCES
ProQuest RefWorks is a citation management tool that helps researchers gather, manage, store and share information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies in a wide variety of styles.
- Search - OBIS, OhioLink, PubMed & Scopus
- Share - Folders via URL
- Store - PDFs online and take notes
- Read - Search your references fulltext and save searches
- Write - Create a simple reference list and use Write-N-Cite to format paper in Microsoft Word