- 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!
- 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.
Multidisciplinary - good for nearly all subjects. Scholarly and trade journals, popular magazines, newspapers, conference proceedings, book reviews, and more.
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
Full-text database that includes author biographies and work overviews, literary criticism, and indexed books, essays, and articles on world literature.
MLA International Bibliography
Index to books, essays, and journal articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics. Topics include literary theory, criticism, folk literature and belief systems, linguistics, semantics, translation, dramatic arts, and history of printing and publishing. Covers literature worldwide and includes materials in all genres and in foreign languages. Dates of Coverage: 1926 to date
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences; most journals 2-5 years out-of-date
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Unpublished materials and objects relating to the College and to some degree, the town