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Summer Undergraduate Research: Library research

Library resources for undergraduate researchers

Literature Reviews & Finding Background information

1) Subject Guides

These research guides are created by our librarians and will point you to the best starting places for research in particular subjects.


2) LibrarySearch

Our library catalog that lets you search for books, articles, videos and more on any topic. Enter a few keywords to get started.  Once you've done a search, you can narrow results by the type of source, when they were published, and by subject.

3) Reference sources

Reference sources can get you started with background information on topics and references to further research.  Many of our reference sources are online, including:

4) Databases

While you'll want to look at some subject-specific databases (talk to a librarian or consult the research guides), here are some good databases to start with.  

It's often helpful to start with a relatively broad search and then narrow the results from there.  Look at the options for narrowing by Keyword or Subject Area as a way to think about different aspects of your topic that you might like to explore.