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Scientific Inquiry: Getting Started

Getting started on your Scientific Inquiry research

     

Encyclopedia articles are a great way to gather background information as you begin your research.

Once you have a good encyclopedia article, use the tabs across the top of the guide to find books, articles, and web pages in this subject area. The Cite Your Sources tab will help you to properly cite the resources you find.

As always, if your research is taking too long or you have questions use the Ask Us button on the right hand side of this page to contact your Librarians for further assistance.

 

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  • A great place to look for background information
  • Preferred over Wikipedia articles by your instructors
  • Comes with properly formatted citations for your bibliography!

Find background information in print encyclopedias

Reference books are a good place to start your research, especially if you are not sure about your topic.  We will photocopy articles from reference books for free, including the information you need for your bibliography.  If you're off campus, these articles can be faxed or emailed to you at home.  And the best news, is your teacher loves when you use these instead of wikipedia!