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Research Help: Research Tips

Research Guides

The Basics: FAQs

Getting Started: Finding and Evaluating Information

Finding Information

    How to Search for Books
    How to Search for Articles
    How To Find Articles on Your Topic
    Where Do I Find... Guide (aka the Library Directory, a floor-by-floor guide to R.P. Bell Library)
    Using Newspaper Indexes & Microfilm

Evaluating Information

Identifying Scholarly and Non-scholarly Journals

Searching the Internet and Library Databases

Many databases allow you to format a search using AND, OR & NOT.  For example: "music AND (pop OR rock)".  This guide explains how to use these types of searches effectively:

Understanding Call Numbers

Books and other materials are organized and shelved by subject.

The following guides describe the classification system used by academic libraries and explain how to read a call number: