Answered By: Paul Streby
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2015     Views: 59

Through one of several methods:

1) Search Summon. This discovery tool searches the contents of hundreds of online databases, as well as the Mirlyn library catalog. Summon is a great resource to jump-start your research, especially if you are new to a discipline or topic. Articles you can access online are noted with an icon, and articles not available online or in print at the Thompson Library are available via interlibrary loan.

2) Search one or more databases on a subject guide.

3) Browse the periodical shelves on the third floor of the Thompson Library.  This is sometimes a good way to generate ideas for term paper topics, read for pleasure, and to begin getting your feet wet in the literature of a discipline.  However, for research, it is strongly recommended that you search Summon or subject databases.  Although browsing may be the easiest research method in the short run, the quality of your work will suffer from such a haphazard approach.  The time you invest in learning how to search indexes will more than pay for itself in better research and better grades.

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