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How do I get started with my research?

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Assuming you have identified a topic, the next step is to determine what types of sources you need for your research.

At the earliest stages, you may want to consult encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, or other reference sources which offer brief introductions to or summaries of a topic. Wikipedia is often a good place to start, but you can also use Credo Reference, a large collection of published academic sources, or select from a list of subject specific online reference sources.

If you want to go straight to finding books, articles, video and sound recordings, images, etc., you can use Library OneSearch, a Google-like search engine that searches most (but not quite all) of Wesleyan's library resources (both online and offline materials). Or select a subject specific index or database which can offer deeper and more specific coverage of a particular topic. The Wesleyan Library Catalog is another good option, especially (but not only) for physical books, videos, etc., in our collection. Whatever search tool you use, make sure you use effective searching techniques to get the best results for your efforts.

Remember to evaluate what you find to make sure the sources are relevant and reliable, and also to properly cite what you use

Also remember you can ask a librarian at any point during your research for more specific and detailed assistance.