Welcome to the FIQWS: Self & Other in Literature LibGuide!
This research guide is intended to help you design effective research strategies and locate print and electronic resources for your research paper. Resources introduced here are accessible in the CCNY libraries, as well as from off-campus.
1. Define your research topic
What are you interested in? What do you want to find out? What do you intend to demonstrate/argue/prove in your paper?
2. Get overview & identify key terms
Get an overview and background information of the topic. Use print & online subject specific encyclopedias, and be familiar with your topic and keywords to use. Refine and narrow down your topic.
Search more titles in the Library Catalog.
3. Outline your paper & identify resources you need
What is your thesis? What information do you need to support your argument? Are you focusing on ethical/economical/psychological/religious/historical aspects of the subject?
Identify the types of resources you need (books? journal/magazine/newspaper articles? still images? moving images? statistics? interviews? sound clips?)
4. Search for information
Search for information in online catalogs and databases.
*Journal articles --- Online databases
*Magazine articles --- Online databases
*Court cases and Newspaper articles --- Online databases
A complete list of databases is available under Databases A to Z.
For subject guides in specific areas of study, see the complete list here.
5. Evaluate information & Sources
Is the information accurate? Are the sources appropriate for academic research paper?
Need research assistance?
...Ask a librarian!
Email me! <firstname.lastname@example.org> Or, come find me/us at the reference desk in the Cohen Library.
Need writing assistance?
...Visit the Writing Center!
They offer one-on-one tutoring services.
Image: "Mr. Pipo me myself I and etc." Wikimedia Commons (2011).
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