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USSY 292S The Meaning of Life: A Novel Idea

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Core Research Strategy

Strategy 1 - Consult reference materials

Strategy 2 - Gather keywords, terminology and concepts from citations and abstracts

Strategy 3 - Focus your research

  • Look in specialized indexes
  • Apply search limits
  • Search within key journals

Strategy 4 - Follow the citation trail

Comprehensive Electronic Reference Resources

Examples of Subject Reference Sources

Searching for Reference Collections

University-level libraries offer a wide variety of topical and subject specific reference collections.  Many of the entries for terminology, key concepts and topics, people, ...etc. in these works include multi-page essays and bibliographies.  Make sure to take full advantage of these collections, both in print and online.

Types of reference works include:

  • topical encyclopedias
  • biographical dictionaries
  • directories (for people and associations)
  • historical atlases and almanacs
  • subject handbooks
  • subject guides
  • statistical compendium
  • subject bibliographies

Use the names of reference types in keyword searches to find the sections of Case Libraries reference collection that address your topic.

  • Online catalog keyword search example = (“encyclopedia/dictionary/handbook”) + (research topic keywords)

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