|If you need:||Try using:|
|Somewhere to start your research||Academic Search Complete|
|Background information||Books, encyclopedias (Britannica Online), dictionaries (Oxford English Dictionary), or other reference material. Choose “Reference" from the database subject list.|
|Current research on a subject||
Peer-reviewed journals, print or electronic from databases. Search the library's discovery system.
|Academic or scholarly articles||Peer-reviewed or refereed journals, print or electronic from databases.
Search the Databases list tab for a list of databases or view Research Tutorials tab for information on scholarly articles.
|Info on both sides of “hot topic” issues like abortion or gun control||Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center|
|Up-to-the-minute information like stock prices, news, sports scores||Newspapers, the Internet or theses databases: LexisNexis Academic|
|Statistics||Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center or government websites|
|Popular articles||Magazines or Academic Search Complete|
|Contemporary accounts of historical events||New York Times Archive or other newspapers on microfilm. Search the library catalog to find other historical newspapers.|
|Primary Sources (letters, diaries, government reports, photographs, maps, manuscripts, etc.)||
These specific databases: American Memory, Empire Online, North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial to 1950, Women and Social Movements in the United States
These types of books: autobiographies, memoirs, correspondence, or letters.
Visit the Special Collections department of the library (by appointment only).
Library Administration: 631.632.7100
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