Preliminary Research: Defining and Narrowing Topics
Use specialized encyclopedias, handbooks and scholarly books for excellent overviews and syntheses of possible topics. Use bibliographies at the end of encyclopedia articles for further inquiry.
How to find these sources?
- Ask Your Librarian!
Subject Specific Research
Start with the Subject Research Guides and the UR Library Catalog to identify articles, books, statistics, studies and reports. Keep in mind that you may need to use multiple research guides and several different databases. A good way to identify further citations is to use the endnotes and bibliographies at the end of articles or books. Continue to ask librarians and professors for suggestions and guidance.
You may also find the Annual Reviews Database (see link below) as a good way to read the most important articles, etc. related to your topic. In addition, you can limit your search in many databases (such as PsycInfo) to a Literature Review.