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"But Where Do I start...?"

That is the question in the minds of many students when they begin a research project. A great way to get started is the My Research Subject link. Here you'll find easy to use subject guides for Criminal Justice, Information and Library Science, Law, Political Science, Public Administration and Policy, and Social Welfare. While we certainly encourage you to “shop around��? the library website (not to mention the library itself!), using My Research Subject can be a great place to start.

Clicking on the guide to your chosen subject, you’ll find the subheadings 1) Internet Resources, 2) Research Guides and 3) Databases.

Internet resources are free web sites that have been screened by a bibliographer for accuracy, relevancy and authority. These websites contain timely and updated information which can pinpoint current topics and trends in a particular field.

Perhaps the most usable feature of My Research Subject is the Research Guide. This outline provides you with the essential print and electronic sources you'll need to begin research. There is a quick description of each source and to save you time, call numbers and/or web links are included. Becoming familiar with the Research Guide for your discipline will save steps as you search for information on your topic.

Given the number of possibilities offered by the library, choosing which electronic databases to use can often be overwhelming. By using the Database Finder link in My Research Subject, you will be taken directly to a list of the specific electronic databases that will allow you to search most efficiently for your topic.

If you need further assistance or have any questions about how to use My Research Subject, please contact the Dewey Library Reference Desk. Drop by the library, call us at 442-3691, or send us an e-mail.

Blog post created by Mike Daly.