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 typically be accessed by logging into the library proxy. This system is designed to allow you to research from anywhere in the world. Please see ______ for information on logging in.

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.