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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best place to start my research?

We highly suggest that you start your research by looking at one of your Library Subject Guides. These guides are designed to give you an idea of where to look for information and how to access it. If you need help coming up with a topic or designing a search plan, then please feel free to contact the Reference & Instruction Librarian.

What is a reference book?

A reference book (ex: dictionary, encyclopedia, handbook) is designed to give you background information on a specific subject or topic. They are a great place to start before searching online because they will typically have keywords, concepts, or ideas laid out for you.

I’m not on campus. How do I access the information that I found?

Library resources can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Login credentials are the same your email credentials. If you are using specifically library resources, use your student ID number as your login and your last name as your password.

I can’t find what I need for my paper/project!?

Sometimes broadening or narrowing your search will help you pinpoint the information that you need. However, if you have tried modifying your search and are still not finding what you are looking for, then please contact a librarian – we are here to help.

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