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First Year Program Learning Communities: Books and Articles

Begin Gathering Materials For Your Research

A good research paper will derive information from a variety of authoratative resources. 

Books - Consult books to learn background and historical information for your topic.  Often there may be a chapter that is specific to your topic.

Articles - Articles in scholarly journals, trade journals, and newspapers are more tightly focused on a particular aspect of a topic.  Scholarly articles are the most up-to-date sources for original research and lend authority to your paper.  

If you need more help, schedule a one-on-one research consultation with your librarian.

Other Resources

Find More Books


Although we didn't discuss this in our Learning Community library session, you can also search the library's WorldCat catalog to find books in Lavery Library and at libraries across the country.  Using Worldcat allows you to easily order items not available in Lavery Library through our ILL service.


Articles, Books and more

The Articles, books & more box on the library homepage will search for items that the library owns, and a majority of articles available through the library's databases. You can always ask a librarian for help.

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Find Articles

Database A-Z List

Lavery Library subscribes to over 150 databases, offering a wide variety of multidisciplinary and subject specific databases, providing research resources on a multitude of topics.  Until you become familiar with the appropriate databases to use for your major/discipline, you may want to consult with your professor or librarian

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