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Overview of this guide and its tabs ...
Finding Background Information provides resources that will help you understand a topic or terminology your encounter. Always try to read up on your topic to get background information that can: help you understand concepts you encounter in more technical treatments; help you contextualize your specific topic within a larger background of understanding.
Using Web Resources: It's ok to use some web resources for your papers and presentations. But you need to evaluate them for accuracy and *objectivity*. Take a few mintues to review the resources here so that you can find *quality* resources.
Finding Articles: Use the resources here to find both academic and popular articles. Sometimes you can find a good popular article that describes some published academic research; the popular article might give you enough information to locate the scholarly article where the research appeared.
Review Articles: This is a special type of literature that helps give you a bird's eye view on a field plus can give you good bibliography. Find recent review articles for this purpose.
Finding Books: The library has a huge number of ebooks and lots of print books. Books can help give you background information about a topic and/or much more detailed information that you can use in your papers, in addition to scholarly journal articles.
Citing Sources: Make sure to cite your sources! This can go a good way toward...