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Starting Your Research
Getting Started with Your Research
I recommend that you start by asking yourself concrete questions of the sort that will generate a plan of action. Each of them can be expanded and repeated as necessary.
What do I want to know? (Make yourself an initial list of questions)
Do I need background information on people, places, concepts, events?
Who (what field of study, group of researchers, organizations, etc.) is likely to have published relevant information or ideas?
Where and in what form are the results of their research likely to be published?
What questions should I ask in trying to identify that research?
How should I interpret or evaluate the information I find?
Are there primary (un-interpreted) sources I should consult? Who would have created them?
What new questions are raised by these sources, both primary and secondary?
Make your life easier: Keep track of your research progress by recording the following:
Bibliographic information on the works you consult;
Any developments or refinements in your topic;
Names of key persons, authorities, cases, places, or events;
New terms you discover in titles, abstracts, or articles that might be helpful in searching for other sources.
Saving search results to an electronic file, for easier searching and sorting later.
Subjects: American Studies
English & Literature
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies
Rhetoric & Communication Studies
Basic Library Tools
Welcome to the course guide for LALIS 453: Romantic Spain. Here are some of the best places to start your research.
This is where you will go to locate books, documents, and audio-visual materials owned by the libraries at the University of Richmond.
Academic Search Complete
Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary resource containing a large number of peer-reviewed journals.
A comprehensive catalog of books and other resources in libraries worldwide. Includes information about where items are located.
List of journal TITLES -- if we subscribe to it, how to access it (in print or online), and what years are available.
Provides the ability to perform a broad search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
A discovery tool that searches most of the University Libraries' collections, including books, journal articles, newspapers, dissertations, music, and video recordings.