Does your assignment recommend certain source types (e.g. peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, data, books, videos)? What role do sources play in the project?
Depending on the topic, you might look for books, articles, media coverage, or other online sources. If your topic is very new, there may not be many books or scholarly articles because scholarly works can have a long publication process.
A topic like "race relations in prisons" might be explored by scholars in sociology, law, criminal justice, public policy, psychology, or ethnic studies. Search by discipline or your academic field by using the databases and other library resources recommended in the Subject Guides. If you aren't certain which field to pick, consider which department would offer a class about the issue.
Articles: Library databases provide access to many scholarly articles. The Multi-Search feature on the Databases & GALILEO page (also on the library's homepage) allows you to simultaneously search the library catalog plus about 130 of the more than 400 databases that Ingram Library subscribes to. Once you have done a search you can limit the results to scholarly articles by choosing "Academic Journals" (under Type).
General databases like Academic Search Complete also contain scholarly, popular, and professional journal articles from most disciplines. This is also a good place to start your research.
Newspaper Sources: Go to our newspaper databases.
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