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The Library's Wikipedia! Search a number of specialized encyclopedias in biography, law, business, substance abuse, multiculturalism, education and more.
Search the full text, browse, and read e-books and other authoritative materials, including reference sources, from leading publishers. Must have your Library Barcode to access from off-campus.
Created by Congress, well-researched reports that look at all sides of an issue.
Recommended Reference Books and Subject Introductions
How to do Research in College
How to do Research Guide
Includes tips on searching databases, finding scholarly sources, evaluating resources, and citing sources.
Virtual Library Orientation
Get an overview of the Library Resources and an interactive introduction to conducting research.
Bess & Frank Gladhill Learning Commons Hours and Location
Using Wikipedia for Academic Research
Wikipedia can also be a helpful tool for finding background information on your topic. The video below helps explain how to use it best.
GREAT TIP: Use these same techniques when looking at articles from Library Databases.
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