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Library Research - From Colonialism To Climate Change

Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar- Prof. Danielle Falzon ; Research Librarian - Triveni Kuchi

Background Information

Don't know where to start?      

Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. -- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

For an introduction to concepts and ideas for research topics, subject Encyclopedias can be useful. For example checkout the following search to find Climate Change Encyclopedias @ RU Libraries  or try Environment and Colonialism Encyclopedia entries. The overviews available here can be useful to compare entries from Wikipedia. Rather than citing the overview itself, check out the list of references used in such overviews which may be particularly useful.

Planning your Search

What is your research about?

Which words would best capture your topic?

To learn more about planning keywords and using Boolean operators, check out these library tutorials:

Getting Started with Research
Covers why information literacy skills matter and how to get started with a research project.

Sources of Information
How information is created and the different types of sources one might encounter while doing research.

Searching for Information
Basics of searching for information - including choosing the right source, identifying keywords, and employing search techniques.


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