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To begin research on a paper or presentation, you will need books, articles, and web sites. This page gives you basic places to begin your research. For more complex searches, or for upper-division course assignments, see the course-specific web pages , or ask a reference librarian.

I. Books

    To find books and media on your topic:
    EZRA: the Wittenberg University library catalog
    OhioLINK: merged catalogs of more than 80 Ohio academic libraries and
                     two public libraries

   Usually, EZRA and OhioLINK will provide ample books and media for your project.  
     If you still need more, use  
WorldCat  - Worldwide bibliographic utility, and 
Interlibrary Loan form for books that neither Wittenberg nor OhioLINK libraries own.

Good online reference sources:
Oxford Reference Online
Credo Reference

II. Internet Resources

  Internet Search Engines:   

 Google Scholar -
Caution! This provides references to scholarly articles, but finding the full text of the article may be difficult and costly. Bring a complete citation for tricky sources to the reference desk and we'll help you find it. Subscription databases (see below) are almost always better.
     How to cite online sources
    Criteria for Evaluating Sources

   Sample Web Sites to Evaluate:

      Set 1:   http://www.beefnutrition.org/

      Set 2:   http://www.martinlutherking.org/

      Set 3:   http://www.homepro.com/ -

      Set 4: http://www.no-smoke.org/ets.html

III. Finding Journal Articles
    Guidelines on how to distinguish scholarly from popular articles

     Databases with broad coverage:
       Academic Search Complete - contains full text for more than 3,600 scholarly
                  publications, plus article summaries for 900 more journals.  This database
                  is most likely the best one for starting your research.

     Masterfile Premier - this database gives access to general-interest periodicals.

      Lexis-Nexis - Includes magazines, newspapers, journal
                  articles,  and much more. 

     JSTOR -  A rolling backfile of journal articles (meaning this database does not contain
                  the most recent 2 to 5 years worth of journal articles)

          For other ideas, see the full List of Indexes and Databases, with hundreds of
database options.

    To locate journals:
At Wittenberg:  Search Journals the Library Has,  for a list of
and  journals to which Wittenberg subscribes, both online and in hard copy.

 At other Ohio Libraries:  Use Interlibrary Loan.
Note: Locating journals can be tricky, difficult, and generally exasperating.
If you run into trouble, a reference librarian will be glad to assist you.

  IV. People Help

Wittenberg librarians welcome your questions.
If you have any questions at all about your research--how to get started or how to proceed--contact us. We will respond promptly.

*For fastest response, email the Reference Desk - refdesk (at) wittenberg (dot) edu
Whoever sees it first will reply.

Ken Irwin - kirwin@wittenberg.edu
Alisa Mizikar  - amizikar@wittenberg.edu
Kristen Peters - petersk (at) wittenberg (dot) edu

 Compiled by Regina Entorf, Wittenberg University Library
  Last updated Oct. 2010/KJG

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