Use the Main Catalog or to search for books, journal titles, videos and dissertations. To find journal articles, conference papers, book chapters on a particular topic, use a specialized database for your research area or Articles+. Before you begin your research, you should ask yourself some questions to help you narrow your search parameters:
What kind of information are you looking for?
Do you need data? Do you want facts? Opinions? News reports? Research studies? Analyses?
When working on a project, paper or dissertation, you need to perform library research for several reasons:
To keep up with the current thinking in the field
To review what is known about a given phenomenon or problem so that you can place your own contribution in context
To locate specific information needed to successfully carry out the experiment, project or solve the problem