1.) Break your topic into several keywords and create search strings (you will need to construct multiple searches).
I wish to explore why the United States didn't join the League of Nations.
"United States" AND "League of Nations"
Woodrow Wilson AND League of Nations
Woodrow Wilson AND United States Senate
2.) Use the reference works tab to find an encyclopedia or dictionary entry on your topic.
This will list citations for books and journal articles.
3.) Search the library catalogs with your keywords.
* pay attention to subject headings
4.) Search the databases with your keywords.
* pay attention to subjects
5.) Read, read, read! Ask more questions. Do more searches. Start writing out your ideas.
Think about how you will collect and organize the citations you discover during the research process.
Citation management is a crucial step in the research process.
I highly suggest using a citation management program - a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then share the results of your research.
Use Summon to search nearly everything to which Denison has access. Summon is a great place to start with research on interdisciplinary topics.
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