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Starting your research & evaluating sources
What search terms will you use to find info related to the issues you've selected? How will you identify the most relevant, effective, and credible sources to support your research and thinking?
You can assemble evidence and artifacts for your portfolios by using a variety of search tools. Consider following these steps:
- search for books and background reference material by using the library's catalog
- find articles from scholarly journals and popular media by using specialized databases
- locate statistics on your issue
- generate your own research and observations from your tutoring site (you will then use the other materials to support your observations)
Finding books & media
The library catalog lets you search for books, journals, DVDs, music, and research materials that are available in the Duke University Libraries.
When you know exactly what you want:
- Search the library catalog by title or author of the work (Ex. Mccann, Colum).
- Use the catalog's advanced search for the most precise searching.
When you are starting a search on a new topic:
- Use the default All Fields search to see what books we have on a particular topic (Ex. civil war).
- Click on relevant suggested subjects for more focused search results (Ex. united states - history - civil war, 1861-1865).
Looking for even more tips and tricks? Check out this guide to locating and requesting books and ebooks.