The thought of research can be overwhelming, but there are some steps you can take to ensure you make it through!
- Read your assignment for source guidelines. Some instructors will include the number of source or the types of sources you’re able to use. This will give you a good idea what source types you can stop worrying about! If you have any concerns about using a particular type of source, talk to your instructor.
- Start with the multidisciplinary academic databases. Spiva Library subscribes to many databases that are subject-specific, but also to Full Search. Full Search is a information discovery tool that searches many academic disciplines and will give you journal articles that touch many subjects. It’s a great to use as a starting point to get a general idea of what resources are available!
- Think about the different subjects that may touch your topic. A topic such as prevalence of drugs in suburbia may have research that focuses on the economic, social policy, law, criminal justice, sociology fields. Be sure to check those subject-specific databases, in addition to the general databases!
- Need some data or stats? Do you need specific numbers for your research assignment? For example, are you looking for the number of endangered species found in the Amazon?