|Reference Sources | Articles | Government Information | Books | World Wide Web|
The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library and on the World Wide Web useful for doing research 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 Reference Collection and similar sources online can help you find brief factual information quickly. Ask for assistance at the Reference Desk for finding reference books appropriate for your topic. These books must be used in the Library. Also explore the sources listed below.
Each CQ Researcher (ASU) report focuses on a single topic related to social, economic, political, health, or environmental issues. They provide a chronological overview and detail recent developments and opposing viewpoints. Each includes a bibliography that can lead you to other sources of information on your topic.
Public Opinion Polls
The best method for finding articles is to use one of the Library's online article databases. These are easily accessible in the residence halls and off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Cedric Davis (334 229-6998) or Randy Curtis (334 229-5604).
Journal & Magazine Articles
Not all of our databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, consult the following sources:
Federal and state governments publish a plethora of information on many topics. Although the University Library is not a depository for government documents, you can request documents through Interlibrary Loan. You may also visit the Library at Auburn University Montgomery, which is a depository.
Federal Government Information
Alabama Government Information
Books can provide an in-depth discussion of your topic.
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.
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