Laurier's online encyclopedias are a great starting point for background information on a topic. Each encyclopedia entry provides references for further reading.
- Encyclopedia of Play: A Social History
- Encyclopedia of Sociology
- Sage Reference Online includes a number of individual encyclopedias that pertain to youth studies. Search for a topic across all volumes or within a specific encyclopedia. Sage encyclopedias include:
- Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and the Media
- Encyclopedia of Human Development
- Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society
- Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science
- Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology
- Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
- Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice
- Oxford Reference Online includes:
- Encyclopedia of Sociology
- Encyclopedia of Human Rights
- Encyclopedia of Social Work
Familiarize yourself with the topic:
- Do some preliminary reading before deciding on your topic or narrowing it down.
- Class readings and introductions to books on your topic are all good places to start.
- Laurier's online encyclopedias can also provide background information and an overview of your topic. In addition, they will provide references for further reading.
Videos on getting started:
Search more effectively:
- Better Searching Using AND, OR, NOT (1:53) How to use AND, OR, NOT effectively to improve your search results.
- Using Keywords Effectively (2:52) Find better keywords and use them effectively to improve your searches.
- What is Truncation? (3:09) Learn how to use truncated keywords to get better search results.
Search for articles:
- Article search tips Save time searching for articles with these handy tips.
- Locating articles Find electronic or print articles.
- Finding an Article When You Know the Title (3:14) Quickly access single journal articles when you have the title of the article and journal name.
- Finding articles on a topic (5:58) Learn how to find peer-reviewed journal articles in different databases.
- Finding Newspaper Articles (3:19) Find out how to locate and use the Library's newspaper resources.
Search for books:
- Finding Books: Primo Basics (4:46) Basics on finding books, refining search results, and using the e-shelf to print, save, and e-mail results.
- Finding Electronic Books (2:36) How to find electronic books in Primo and on the Library's web site.
- Finding Books on Reserve Find books and articles that your professor had placed on reserve.
When to cite:
- Citing your sources gives credit to other peoples' ideas and helps you avoid plagiarism.
- When to cite
How to cite:
- Citing sources involves referring to the sources in your paper, and creating a citation to the sources in a bibliography.
- There are different ways to cite sources, known as citation styles.
- Common styles include APA and MLA. Styles include the same elements (such as author, publisher, title, and publication year for books), but format the elements differently.
- Details are important! Order of elements, punctuation, capitalization, and spacing all count. Choose a style, find out its format, and use it accurately.
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- The library can assist you with Mendeley and Zotero
- For more information, see managing citations