Books are great for histories, how-tos, literature, and criticism. These topics don't change, or do so infrequently so recording the information in a static way is a good thing. Books tend to last a long time and will house this information well over that time.
Can't find it at UNF? Search the combined catalog of the State University Libraries in Florida. You'll need to do this to use the UBorrow service.
This page is designed for general research. If you want to know about strategies for research in a particular field or class, click the "Libguides" link at the top and search for a guide in your subject or College.
Get previews (often contents and a few pages) and in some cases, entire books online. There are also past issues of many popular magazines like Jet, Life, New York, Boy's Life, Popular Science, and even Weekly World News.
Research can be a big task but knowing where to go and how to look can cut your search time significantly. Start by asking yourself a few questions:
What's the difference between academic, scholarly, peer-reviewed, and refereed journal articles? While those terms aren't fully interchangeable, they are all very similar. Academic or scholarly journals are published in every academic discipline. Articles in these journals are written by researchers, often experts, in their respective fields of study.
Peer-reviewed or refereed journals also contain articles by researchers and experts but before articles are published, they go through a read/review process. Here's how it works. I send my article to the American Journal of Journals to see if they'll publish it. They contact several people in my field and ask them to review my work and make recommendations to the editors as to whether they should accept or reject my article. Academic or scholarly journals may also be peer-reviewed or refereed journals but they might not so check carefully.
For a more in-depth look visit the Peer Reviewed/Refereed Articles guide.
Can I find out if this great article is from a scholarly/academic or peer-reviewed/refereed journal? Is there a way to keep track of my sources so I don't have to look them up every time I want to work? Can I get help with my bibliography/works cited page?
Yes! Here are a few tools that will help you manage your research.
Research databases contain journal articles, news, reviews, studies, etc. They are a good place to turn when you need the most current information on a topic or when you want to pinpoint a period in time and learn about research and findings during that time.
Want to take a tour of the library? Do you need help collecting and evaluating resources for a project or paper? Finished your paper and now you have to cite sources in that special way the professor said to use? Expert librarians are glad to help you navigate library resources.