With a single search you can look for books, articles, and other materials on any research topic. If you have any questions, please ask us!
Library reference sources include subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. They can be useful starting points for learning basic and summary information about a Country. Use them to form a mental picture and develop questions. Be sure to note specific keywords and concepts about the country's history, economy, ethnic groups, populations, food or cuisine, culture, and traditions. Then use those questions and keywords to focus your searches in the Library's OneSearch, databases, and on the open Web.
From your OneSearch results, use the RESOURCE TYPE filter to choose REFERENCE ENTRIES. The filtered results will be entries, articles, and chapters from encyclopedias, handbooks, and other library reference sources that contain your search terms:
Try OneSearch if you are unsure of which database to try. OneSearch will point you to books and articles among the Library's databases!
Search the open Web more effectively with the links and tips below. Keep in mind that many online sources are plagiarized or of questionable quality. When using online sources, ask yourself the following questions:
Who is the author? -- What are her/his credentials? -- What possible biases exist? -- When was this source published?
These tips can be used, in general, with the Library's OneSearch, databases, and on the open Web.
AND = Fewer results. All words must be included. EXAMPLE: American AND food AND traditions. You could also type: American food traditions
OR = More results. Any one or combination of the words must be included. EXAMPLE: problems OR complications
NOT = Fewer results. Word(s) must be excluded. EXAMPLE: corn NOT toes
For more examples, see the Boolean Searching (science version) guide.