ELECTRONIC LIBRARY OF MINNESOTA (ELM)
- Click on Databases from A-Z
- use encyclopedias to get an overview
- It is difficult to find research unless you know something about your topic.
- Encyclopedias may NOT be used as an academic source
- Find academic sources from appropriate databases
- Click the "Databases A-Z" link to see descriptions of databases
- choose ones that seem to match your needs
- some of the databases that are useful for many subjects include (but are NOT limited to)
- Academic Search Premier
- Ebsco Megafile
- Student Research Center
- Student Resources in Context
- use search limiters (usually check boxes)
- Consider a NOT search
- Sometimes a search will bring back lots of articles that are all referencing something you don't want, like a book review. By using a NOT in your search criteria, you can eliminate items that are cluttering up your results.
In this example, searching Cleopatra brings back numerous results on the Shakespeare play "Anthony & Cleopatra"
Using the NOT in the search terms will eliminate results associated with the play, leaving better results for articles on Cleopatra, the person.