Reference sources can help you find and develop a research topic by providing background articles, facts, statistics, dates and other general information on most topics.
Books can provide a very comprehensive view of a topic, especially if the topic is not too new. For example, Nikola Tesla died in 1943 and there has been a lot written about him. On the other hand, CEO Elizabeth Holmes has only been in the news recently and there are no books written about her . . . yet. For more information on finding books in the library: see Books and Encyclopedias.
Wikipedia can be helpful in finding background information, keywords and major concepts. Check out this quick video on Using Wikipedia for Academic Research. This is another great (and quick) video on Credible Websites.
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When searching for an article written about a person, use the Select a Field drop down menu and select People.
Be sure you have the correct spelling of the person, for example, if you used Steve instead of Steven, you would get 2 results rather than thousands of articles.
When searching for company information - it helps to select Company Entity. Be sure you are using the correct name.
Don't forget to ask for help if you are:
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