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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 searching the library’s online catalog for resources. Here you will find books, videos, journal articles, electronic resources, and more for your topic.

Looking at one of your
Research Guides is also a good place to start. These guides are specific to each major and 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. Raugust Library subscribes to Credo which gives access to over 800 full-text, online reference books on multiple research topics.

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, follow the directions on the Off-Campus Access to Library Resources page.

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

Take a moment to think about your project and write down a topic sentence. What are you actually trying to find out? What is your focus?

From here, write down a list of search terms. Think of additional terms that you might use, e.g., split personality or multiple personality disorder. Try a few terms in the library search box. What other subjects are suggested?

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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