understanding the concepts
- identifying citations
- popular vs peer-reviewed (also referred to as scholarly or academic)
- Video Tutorials
Choose keywords, and search tips
- Formulate a research question in order to focus your ideas about the topic.
- Write down the different concepts used in this question, e.g.,
- religion, religious, faith, worship, Christian, Hindu, etc.
- TIP: Find additional clues for terms in the titles and abstracts of books and articles
- Use "quotation marks" to combine terms into a phrase
- e.g., "cultural icon"
- Use an asterisk* to search for variations of a word
- e.g., Canad*
Familiarize yourself with your topic
- Read the introductions to books, including your course readings.
- Use Google or Wikipedia to determine initial scope of you topic
- consult the references and bibliography
- look for other bibliographies, such as the Oxford Bibliographies
- Acquire background information from one of our online reference sources
- e.g., Oxford Reference
- Consult one of the Oxford Very Short Introductions
A keyword search in Primo is the broadest type of search when looking for books. Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic or try using some of the following keywords below if you need inspiration. The search results will display both print and electronic books, and initially, a whole bunch of articles. Consider narrowing your results just to books at this point.
- click “refine your results” (left-hand side) to narrow results
- For additional books, click the "details" link of a book that looks pertinent, and then the subject link(s) for that book
- Are the books on your topic checked out? You can always use an e-book
- You can also order a book or a photocopy of an article from another library at no cost to you
- Laurier's ebooks are just as scholarly as our print books
- While all our ebooks are catalogued in Primo, you can search across the full text of ebooks searching the collections. Start with Proquest Ebook Central.
- A good place to start is Primo search. Choose the “articles” tab
- TIP: This search can sometimes cast the net TOO wide, similar to Google Scholar
- TIP: Look for citation style info along the way
- There are also specialized databases for every subject. Some that might be helpful for this class include
Other Research Materials
Click on the "Research Materials" tab at the top of this page to look beyond books and articles. In particular, look at: