A) First steps
- Your OneCard is your library card. New cards should be automatically registered.
- You will be asked to log in when accessing paid resources from off campus.
- University vs. high-school research (video: 6:33)
B) Finding a topic
- Developing a Research Question (video: 5:07)
- learn how to focus your topic
- Improving your thesis statement (video: 5:25)
- Hint: try reading some sources before you decide whether you agree or disagree with your statement
- Sage Knowledge
- Collection of encyclopedias and dictionaries. Use to define terms and discover keywords to search.
D) Scholarly sources
You will need at least three scholarly sources for your essay.
- How Can I Tell if my Source is Scholarly? (video: 4:21)
- scholarly sources can include books, book chapters and journal articles
- What is a Peer-Reviewed Journal? (video: 1:42)
- note: the term "peer review" refers only to journal articles
- read each source as you go along; each one will lead to more
- keep track of where you look and the keywords you use
- start early (library staff can deliver books and articles from other libraries)
- don't pay for articles: the library pays for you!
E) Finding books
Use the Primo Catalogue to identify books at Laurier, the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, and the Annex
- use the "books" tab
- start with a narrow focus, then broaden to find more results
- note "subjects" at left of search results page to find more terms to search
- where are the books at Laurier? See floor plans
- Check out books at main floor service desk
- request books from other libraries
- Requesting books from other libraries in Primo (video: 1:40)
Don't want to read a whole book?
- Check the table of contents (at the beginning of each book) or the index (at the end) for your keywords
F) Finding scholarly journal articles
- Start with the Primo Catalogue
- use articles tab
- after searching, limit to peer-reviewed and English
- Need to find a reference from an article or book?
- Need more articles? See Subject Guides for the best databases for each discipline
F) Citing sources
Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: email, call (519-884-0710 x3384), drop in, or make an appointment. My office, L3-312, is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.