- Begin your search with a library catalog (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.
- Finally, you may wish to use Google or Google Scholar to search the Internet. Take advantage of Google's advanced search features!
- Biographical info on the author / creator
- About the particular text / photo / creative work
- Historical context/background -- what was _____ like during the time period you're researching?
- How has this text been critiqued over the years?
- Are there different versions of the text / story?
OhioLINK Library Catalog
Library of Congress Subject Heading possibilities
|Oberlin College||Oberlin College author --|
|Oberlin College -- History -- Sources||Oberlin (Ohio) -- History|
|Coeducation -- United States||African Americans -- Education -- Ohio -- Oberlin -- History -- 19th century|
|College integration -- Ohio -- Oberlin||African Americans -- Education -- Ohio -- Oberlin -- History -- 20th century|
|-- History and criticism|
|-- Biography||-- Sources|
|-- Criticism and interpretation||-- Influence|
|-- Bibliography||-- Archival resources|
Summon -- searches across a wide range of library content, and not just books! It includes journal and newspaper articles, data, digital audio, video and images, and so much more. Try it and see what you can discover.
Literary Reference Center Plus
A comprehensive database that provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. LRC combines information from major respected reference works, books, and literary journals.
Literature Resource Center
MLA International Bibliography
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences; recent volumes (within 2 to 5 years) not available for many titles.
Hours: 10am-noon, 1-4:30pm M-F
Unpublished materials and objects relating to the College and to some degree, the town
- 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
- Books on Oberlin's early history