This guide contains links to databases containing articles, scholarly online resources, and information about print and electronic materials in the Madigan Library that can be helpful to your research.
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The Library Tutorial showed you some basic strategies you can use to find books and other physical material in the library catalog, articles in databases, and research quality websites on the Internet. The pages of this research guide will show you more tips and sources to help you in writing research papers.
The type of paper you're writing, even for the same general topic like "Nuclear weapons" above, affects the keywords you choose when you search for books or articles, as well as what databases you select in which to do your research.
In the first row, you could select "nuclear weapons" and "opinions" as your keywords; you could also use the Opposing Viewpoints database with only the words "nuclear weapons" to effectively ensure that you'll get pro and con information on the topic.
In the second row, "nuclear weapons" and "history" would be good choices of keywords in most databases. In the third row, "nuclear weapons" and "effects" should retrieve relevant information for that topic.