Do background reading to learn about the history of your topic as well as the arguments on both sides of the issue.
Good database for finding an unbiased overview of your topic:
Good databases for discovering opposing viewpoints on your topic, as well as history and statistics:
Watch this short film to learn how to find and use Gale eBooks and EBSCOhost databases:
Use newspaper articles for very current information on your topic as well as opinion pieces (editorials). Good databases for finding newspaper articles:
These databases let you filter your results by type of source; look for peer reviewed or academic sources.
Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. You can also use books to find primary sources, which are often published together in collections.
You'll use the library catalog to search for books, ebooks, articles, and more.
If you need materials (books, articles, recordings, videos, etc.) that you cannot find in the library catalog, use our interlibrary loan service.
The video below shows how to narrow your Google searches to get better results for academic research.