Before you begin your research, you need to consider what type of resources would answer your research question.
First you need to consider the types of resources available, such as:
- Books -- locate using our catalog
- Journal / scholarly articles -- find in GALILEO or through our Journal Finder
- Magazine articles -- find in GALILEO or through our Journal Finder
- News articles -- find in GALILEO or using our Journal Finder
- Websites (must be evaluated for authority and accuracy)
- Other materials (such as statistics, government information, etc.) -- you can find online
You need to also consider the date and time frame of available materials.
- Contemporary materials -- written at the time an event occurred OR
- Retrospective materials -- written after an event occurs and "looks back"
You also need to consider your subject matter .
- Research topics in the Humanities (art, literature, history) require both contemporary or original materials, written at the time of the event (such as a newspaper article from the event), but you will also probably need retrospective materials, such as a current journal article or book that evaluates and commentates on the event you are researching.
- If you are looking at a modern-day societal issue, you will want to look at current journal and news articles, as well as current books.
- Many research topics in the Sciences require up-to-date scholarly publications. You may need to focus finding mostly journal articles.