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Dyersburg Dual Enrollment

Updated Spring 2021. Find sources for your research project.



Tips and Tricks

As a researcher, you're a detective, putting sources and evidence together to create a full picture. Good research takes time, effort, and practice, but you'll get better the more you do it! My tips:

  • Start early
  • Run a couple keyword searches (such as the title of your work and author)
  • Use limiters, especially date and peer-review
  • Look in multiple databases
  • Look at multiple pages
  • Keep track of your citations and sources
  • If you find a source you might use but you aren't sure, grab the citation anyway. It's way easier to cut sources you don't need then try to add sources in later. 
  • If you find reviews online (such as on Amazon), check to see if the come from a book review journal. Many do, and the library has access to several, such as Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal. 
  • Ask questions! Chat with the library, email me, or set up a one-on-one Zoom appointment.