It used to be that doing research for a paper or assignment meant only one thing - going
to the library and searching "the stacks" for books and journal articles. And this is
still the major part of any serious research, but it's no longer the only part!
If you're reading this page, you know that electronic resources are constantly changing
the way students conduct research. Until you make full use of electronic resources, you
are not done with your research.
In order to find out what's been published in a journal, it is now common to use electronic
indexes, usually online. Some of these may even have the full text of selected articles
available. And many other kinds of reference works, research tools, and databases are
available. Some online resources charge fees, but others are free; check with your
school's library to find out which resources they have purchased.
It's important not to confuse the large amounts
of low-quality "information" available on the Internet with the sort of professionally
compiled materials listed here.
Here are some of the most useful:
- UnCover provides citations to
the recent contents (starting in 1988) of over 18,000 journals - for free!
- Wordsmyth is a useful online
- The Merriam-Webster website includes many useful
English language resources, including a free online dictionary and thesaurus.
- Britannica Online
- More coming soon!