Getting a broad overview of what is available on a topic
Here are some "first stop" resources:
- Discovery Search: a place to search quickly for materials from the Library Catalogue and a large proportion of our subscription databases containing articles in full-text, ebooks, images, and more.
- Library Catalogue (books): books, and especially textbooks, provide good introductions, background, as well as basic information on a topic.
- Encyclopedias: the main source of background information in a library. Short and simple, encyclopedia articles cover the important points of a subject.
- Google Scholar: free and easy to search, it provides results from a wide variety of sources, including articles, books, reports, and theses.
- Wikipedia: not a recommended academic source, but it can be a good starting point for the most basic information.
Exploring the literature in a specific academic discipline
Here are some resources that help answer questions for specific courses or subject areas:
- Library Databases: give you access to a wider selection of quality articles (scholarly or "peer-reviewed") that you wouldn't find through Google.
- Subject Guides: for guidance from a librarian on which databases to start with.