I am not sure where to search
Deciding Where to Search
Where you search often depends on what kind(s) of information you need. There are several factors to consider:
What type(s) of sources might you need?
Does your assignment recommend certain source types (e.g. peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, data, books, videos)? What role do sources play in the project?
Depending on the topic, you might look for books, articles, media coverage, or other online sources. If your topic is very new, there may not be many books or scholarly articles available because scholarly works can have a long publication process.
Who has written on/discussed your topic?
A topic like "race relations in prisons" might be explored by scholars in sociology, law, criminal justice, public policy, psychology, or ethnic studies. Search by discipline or your academic field by using the databases and other library resources recommended in the Subject and Course Guides.
Articles: Information on Finding Journal Articles. Search OMNI which contains scholarly, popular, and professional journal articles from most disciplines. Refine your results to Peer-Reviewed Journals and Articles. This is often a good place to start your research. Or search our Databases.
Newspaper Sources: Go to Searching News Databases.
- Ottawa, Canada, International
- Government Information Databases
- Government of Canada Publications
- Government Information Thematic Guides
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