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Eagle Mentoring Program: Starting Research

Book Reviews

Google scholar

Research tips

You can learn about and keep up with the latest research and the top names in a particular field in several ways. Start a list of important authors and scholars in your field. Read bibliographies at the end of articles, chapters and books to expand on important works. You can then create your own bibliography.

Use subject specific databases with our LibGuides that have been compiled by librarians.

Use scholarly search engines such as Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search, where you can search by subject or name.

Use RSS feeds and alerts for instant updates from databases or other news sources.

Follow academic blogs once you identify an author you like to stay updated constantly.

Use e-encyclopedias or hard copy encyclopedias in the reference area for background reading when you are not very familiar with a topic, as well as finding good keywords to then plug into database search boxes. 

Use certain general databases, such as these examples, to decide on a topic and/or learn about what the experts are saying, including the lastest research:

InterLibrary Loan and UW System Resource Sharing

UWL Books & Media

Popular vs. Scholarly Information

After this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between popular and scholarly information
  • Identify situations when it would be appropriate to use each type of information

Video from Vanderbilt University-Peabody Library (3min)

Video from Cornell University (2min)

Video from Kimbel University (3min)