Help for those beginning research
Last Updated: Nov 6, 2013
If you already have a general idea for your research, begin with these:
- Google Scholar
Google's search engine for "scholarly literature". Look for "CheckAvailability@BloomU" or "FullText@BloomU" links.
- Encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.
Contains electronic reference books.
- CQ Researcher
Reports on social issues, environment, health, education, and science and technology written by journalists and featuring comments from experts, lawmakers and citizens on all sides of every issue. '5 users' license. CQ Researcher
- Points of View Reference Center
Search for current and controversial topics. Useful for developing arguments, writing position papers, and development of critical thinking skills. EBSCOhost
- Academic Search Complete
Our largest interdisciplinary database, ASC indexes over 9,990 magazines and journals, more than 5,990 of which are full-text. Also indexes monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
Browse these to spark some ideas:
- Films On Demand
Browse the video segments on a wide variety of topics to get some ideas for topics.
ProCon is a non-profit organization that researches issues "that are controversial and important, and we present them in a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward, transparent, and primarily pro-con format at no charge."
- Topics from World Digital Library
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.
- Topics in Points of View Reference Center
Either Browse by Category of View All Topics
- Topics in World News Digest
Browse an extensive list of current and historical topics.