Not sure how to begin? Start with the ABCs of online research from
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Articles provide current, focused information on your topic.
They may come from scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals or popular periodicals:
learn how these sources differ
Articles & More
is a great starting place to search 80 different databases at once. Use the form below to search:
Limit your results to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
Written by those with experience and expertise, books provide breadth and depth on your topic.
Read one chapter or the whole thing. You can find information relevant to your topic by using the table of contents or the index.
provide instant access to complete books and can be viewed or downloaded.
You can request print books or DVDs to be shipped for free from any Miami University or
library to any of Miami's libraries.
Books & More
is a great starting place to search for books, DVDs, and eBooks. Use the form below to search:
Cite sources to give credit for the ideas and quotations you include and to let your audience know where they can learn more on this topic.
American Psychological Association (APA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
citation style guides.
For other citation styles or questions on citing, please see
Citation Resources and Guidelines
Picking a topic involves doing background research or preliminary searching.
Learn more about this process
Learn something about the people, events, facts, and terms connected with the topic using
Decide which direction you will take in your research and what question(s) you are trying to answer.
Academic libraries buy and license specialized sources in
Choose among them depending on your research needs.
Remember: not all sources are created equal.
Learn how to evaluate them
Scholarly research can become complicated and challenging - talk with a librarian who is there to listen and help problem solve.
Librarians are experienced in navigating the complex library system and will suggest where to search next, search terms to use, and available sources in the field.
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