Abstract: a short summary of an article in an academic journal, usually appearing at the beginning of the article.
Catalog: an online listing of all the materials a library owns with a detailed description of each item and information on where they are located.
Citation: basic information about a specific source; a citation for a book includes author, title, publisher, place of publication and year of publication.
Database: a collection of organized information; Academic Search Complete is an example of an electronic database.
Journal: a publication that contains scholarly articles written by professors, researchers, or experts in a specific area; also called scholarly journals, academic journals and peer reviewed journals.
Periodical: a publication that appears on a continual and predictable schedule; examples include newspapers, magazines and journals.
Reference books: books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks; these books provide key sources of information.
The Research Process:
1. Develop your Research Topic:
2. Select Keywords from your Research Topic:
3. Search the Library Catalog to find Books & eBooks:
4. Search the Library's Databases to find Articles:
5. Evaluate your Sources:
6. Create your Works Cited or Reference page:
Need help? Ask a Librarian, we are always here to help you with your research assignments.
Reference titles such as encyclopedias and dictionaries are a great place to start if you are still looking for a topic or if you need basic background information. Below are sample of reference titles for Art History in our collection.