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Library Hours Spring 2012

Fall/Spring Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:00 am -9:00 pm

Friday:  7:00-3:00

Saturday:  9 am - 1 pm


Understand the assignment

Defining your Research Topic:

  • A description and or definition of the topic?
  • Analysis of issues related to the topic?
  • Taking a stand on an issue and providing persuasive arguments?
  • Statistics, case studies, photos, biographical information?

Types of Resources:

  • Books, including encyclopedias
  • Journals and magazine articles
  • Online Reference articles
  • Internet websites

Citing Your Information:

  • MLA, APA

Sources for Background Reading

  1. Reference books; look at the table of contents and index for ideas
  2. General encyclopedias such as World Book Encyclopedia (in the Library) to locate a broad topic
  3. General e-books such as Encyclopedia Britannica to locate a broad topic
  4. Gale Virtual Reference Library for subject encyclopedias and reference books online
  5. Subject (specialized) encyclopedias from the Library - Reference Books area - Use the catalog to locate


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