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Quiz 1:  Introduction to Library Research

  1. If you want to find background information on your topic, where should you go?
  2. When you have a topic and want to narrow it down to find books in the online catalog, what kind of search would you do?
  3. Where do you go to find periodical articles on your specific topic?
  4. When you have found an article you need from a specific journal, how do you find that journal?
  5. What are some of the print and online sources you would use to find a review of a book?
  6. If you have found a book or an article that the Whittemore Library does not own, how can you get it?
  7. What is a bibliography?


  1. Read articles in general or specific encyclopedias to set the context for your research.
  2. A keyword search can narrow down your topic from general to specific.
  3. Online databases such as InfoTrac or EBSCOhost contain both full-text articles and article abstracts.
  4. Consult the "Periodicals Holdings List," located in binders located by the computer search stations. This lists journals held by Whittemore Library.
  5. Online:  InfoTrac, EBSCOhost, and FirstSearch (Book Review) and Print:  Book Review Digest, Readers Guide to Periodical Literature, and Book Review Index.
  6. Interlibrary Loan.  The online form is located under "Library Services" and "Interlibrary Loan" on the library Web site.
  7. A bibliography is a record of what has been published on a certain topic .  Bibliographies are found at the back of most scholarly books and textbooks and at the end of research articles.

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