Types of Information
Choosing a Topic
As you search, make note of the various keywords encountered to describe aspects of your topic.
If you are not finding what you need, put in an InterLibrary Loan Request for the item.
To find information specific to a certain discipline, search the Database by Subject section.
To find a certain type of information, search the Database by Format section.
Scaffolding to What You Need to Know - Encyclopedias are a great resource for gathering background information. They act as good primers and are more authoritative than Wikipedia.
Try Zotero, it is free and open source! Has the functionality to be able to share libraries with colleagues, can be used as a citation manager, organizer of research materials, generate bibliographic text, and more.
Refworks is a tool that can be used to keep your citations and create a bibliography in many citation or journal styles.
Login at http://refworks.proquest.com
Doing a group project? Share folders in Refworks or in Zotero to make group work easier.
Use the Refworks Write-N-Cite plug-in to write your paper, insert references, and create a bibliography at the end of the paper, Zotero has a similar functionality.