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What Tool Should I Use?
Use the search box on the libraries' website. One search for books, articles, and more.
Use the libraries' databases to locate articles and other resources from a specific subject area (e.g., history, psychology, biology).
Use Worldcat to locate books that are not available at UW-Whitewater or other UW System libraries.
Research help & sources customized for a particular course.
Use Google Scholar to locate academic (journal articles, books) information on a topic.
What Source Type Do I Need?
The below chart will help you answer questions like these:
- What type of source would be best for you to use to find the information you need?
- Is the currency of a source important to your topic?
- Does the date of a source need to be close to the time the event you are researching occurred?
- Is in-depth coverage of your topic important?
On the same topic is a terrific video about the Information Life Cycle (2:34) from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.