Identify the key concepts and keywords for your question. Brainstorm and create a list of synonyms of the concepts. There are many resources that will help you better understand key concepts associated with varied topics, including Magic Realism, cuisine or food in Mexican culture, the Mexican Revolution. Articles in subject encyclopedias will help you develop an understanding of the context for your research. Pay particular attention to relevant items in the bibliographies at the end of the encyclopedia articles.
Incorporate your existing knowledge with what you have learned in class, from the class readings to date and from the encyclopedias. Lecture notes, textbooks and readings will also inform your efforts. You will have identified themes, concepts, people and events that may be important to your question. This process will help you to determine the best places to start your search.
Read articles in subject encyclopedias to develop an understanding of the context for your research. Pay particular attention to relevant items in the bibliographies at the end of the encyclopedia articles.
The search box on the library's homepage is a good place to start looking for resources on your topic. Enter keywords that describe your topic and use the filters on the left hand side to narrow down your results.
Though this is the last step, it is one of the most important steps of all. If an idea or example has shaped your thinking, you MUST give credit where credit is due by acknowledging your sources in a bibliography. See below for more information on citing.
RACER is an online Interlibrary Loan system used to search for material and place requests. To access RACER you must have an account. To create your account, you need to register. If you have already registered, simply login. Please keep in mind that your University ID number is used as your login and your password is created by you.