Library FAQ

Answers to common questions about doing research and using the library.

How can I find sources for my assignment?

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There are a lot of different options depending on the kinds of sources you need.

Start with Library Search, the large search box on the library's homepage, for a wide range of results. The results will be books (including ebooks), articles, DVDs, and other materials that are both physically in the library and available electronically. You can use the options on the left of the screen to refine your results. There are limiters for peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles, dates, and resource types. Use the drop-down next to the search box to limit to items in Parkside or in UW Libraries. This works best for items that are not available electronically, such as books and DVDs.

If you are looking for articles or other information focused on a specific subject area or discipline (for example, chemistry, business, art, etc.), use the Research Your Topic link, then choose your subject area to get a list of recommended databases to search.

Finding sources can be complicated. If you've been looking for 5 or 10 minutes and haven't found what you're looking for, contact us for help.

For more information, look at the Find Books & Articles tutorial or contact us.