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The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library and on the Web useful for finding information on your topic. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.
Sources in the Library's Main Reference Collection (first floor) and Special Collections Reference (first floor) along with similar sources online can help you find brief factual information on the woman you have chosen to research. Be sure to browse the shelves near the sources listed below to find others. You can also search HORNetCat, the Library's online catalog, for additional Reference books by limiting the location to Reference and typing in words that describe your topic.Biographical Information
Biographical encyclopedias and dictionaries often focus on a particular area like science, politics, literature, or history. A number of these sources are located either in the Main Reference Collection or online. Those about African Americans will be located in Special Collections Reference. Some examples are listed below. Ask at the Main Reference Desk or the Special Collections Desk for assistance with finding other biographical encyclopedias and dictionaries.
The best method for finding journal articles is to use one of the Library's online article databases. For additional information on the databases listed below and for others, explore our list of databases. Our databases are now easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Randy Curtis (334 229-6968) or Cedric Davis (334 229-6998).
Some of the databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, check for the journal or magazine title in Serials Solutions (ASU) to determine if the article is available in another online database. Also check HORNetCat, our online catalog, for availability of journals in the Serials Department on the third floor. You may order those not available in the Library or via a full-text database through Interlibrary Loan.
Books from the Library's Main Stax (third and fourth floors) can also be helpful for finding information on your topic.
Searching for Books
The World Wide Web is an outstanding but often bewildering source of information. Not everything you find will be authoritative, accurate, and valid. Try searching one of these to find more reliable Web sites.
You'll use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to cite your sources. A copy of the Manual is available at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Library. Additional assistance with citing electronic publications is available from the APA online site.
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