The following six steps outline a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a report or term paper, writing the paper, and documenting the sources you use. Depending on your topic and familiarity with the library collections, you will rearrange or repeat these steps. For some subjects, books may be sufficient; for others, journal articles will be best. Adapt this outline to your needs.
|Identify Your Topic|
|Find Background Information|
|Finding Books in the FAU Libraries Catalog|
|Use FAU's Search Engine OneSearch to Locate Journal Articles|
The Subject Guide pages and LibGuides may also be helpful in making the best selection. If you're doing your work in the library, ask to speak to a librarian about your topic; this will save you time.
When you have located an article from a database, use the FindIt@FAU icon to reach the full-text. If there is no full-text available or if you've reached a non-working link, check to see if FAU owns the periodical by searching the FAU Catalog for the journal title. Another way to reach an electronic journal is through the Electronic Journals search box. For journals not found at the Jupiter campus library or FAU, you will need to make a request from Interlibrary Loan.
|Evaluate What You Have Found|
|Use a Standard Format for Your Bibliography|
|Work from the General to the Specific:|
Find background information first, then use more specific and recent sources.
|Write down What You Find and Where You Found It:|
Write (or print out) a complete citation for each source you find; you may need it again later.
Selecting a Topic, Taking Notes, Organizing a Draft
|MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
New York: MLA, 2009
Call No. REF LB2369 .G53 2009
The Final Product: Format and Documentation
|American Psychological Association. Publication Manual
Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2009
Call No. REF BF76.7 .P83 2009
|A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations
Turabian, Kate L. and Bonnie B. Honigsblum
Chicago: Univ Chicago Pr., 2007
Call No. REF LB2369 .T8 2007