• Choosing a Topic
  • Conduct a Search
  • Finding Articles
  • Finding Books
  • Proper Citations
  • Resource Guides
  • Ask a Librarian
One of the most difficult parts of a research paper or project is getting started with a topic and knowing where to look for information that can help you narrow your interest. The following resources make up a small portion of those available at the Sterne and Lister Hill Libraries, but are a good place to jump start your research efforts. To begin, start by searching into recent issues of newspapers and magazines for ideas.

  • Newspaper Source — provides cover-to-cover full text for 47 national and international newspapers. This EBSCO database also contains selective full text for 390 regional newspapers. In addition, full-text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc. Sterne Library has a research guide that shows you how to search for local newspapers.
  • National Newspaper Abstracts — ProQuest provides abstracts and indexing for New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.
  • LexisNexis News — Over 4,000 newspapers from the world; includes Chronicle of Higher Education and student newspapers.
  • Sterne Library has a complete list of news sources.

Tutorials and Resources

Once you have found a general area of interest, you will need to take a more in-depth and narrower look at the topic by constructing a "smart" and efficient search of more scholarly literature. The resources below demonstrate effective means of conducting a search.

  • Sterne Library Tutorials
    • Constructing a Search — This is an interactive online resource that provides guidance on effective searches of library databases.
    • Research Worksheet — This accompanying worksheet will help narrow your search.

The next step is to conduct a literature review. Compiling research that has been previously conduction on a topic area completes a literature review. The databased below provide access to articles conducted by more accredited scholars and researchers.

  • Sterne Library (General Databases)
    • Academic Search Premier — This EBSCO database contains full text for more than 2,100 journals. More than 190 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985.
    • Academic Onefile — Contains peer-reviewed, full-text journals and reference sources with millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full text.
  • Sterne Library (Subject Specific)
    • Subject Specific Databases — This links you to a website of 44 subject areas, ranging from Accounting to Women's Studies. Each subject area has multiple searchable databases.

  • Sterne Library (Tutorials)
    • Locating Articles — This tutorial will help you identify and search the most appropriate databases given your topic.

  • Lister Hill (Popular Scholarly Journals)
    • PubMed (Biomedical literature) — Interface for searching MEDLINE, the online index of biomedical journal article citations from 1950 to present. Premiere database of medical literature.
    • Scopus — Replacement for Web of Sciences, Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources from 1996 - present. 
    • All databases and resources — this link provides you with an "A to Z" list of all the databases and resources available at Lister Hill Library.


  • Lister Hill (Tutorials)
    • Finding Articles — This links to a list of tutorials that includes a Finding Articles subsection in the Lister Hill Library.

You will also want to gather the various books that are written about your subject. The resources below will provide instructions on how to locate those books. Plus, if the libraries do not have the book or article in their collections, you can always use Interlibrary Loan to get the book or article that you need.

  • Sterne Library
    • Catalog — the catalog will show you the location, format, call number and status of all periodicals held within the library.

  • Sterne Library Tutorials
    • Local Catalog — this tutorial will help you learn how to locate materials in Sterne Library's online public access catalog.

  • Lister Hill Library
    • Catalog — The catalog lists books, journals, online resources, videos, etc. to which the library provides access.
    • eBooks — this website will enable you to search the available eBooks, as well as offering full text searching and title browsing.

  • Lister Hill Tutorials
    • Finding books (handout) — this word document will assist you in finding books.
    • Finding eBooks — Provides a brief overview on how to find eBooks at Lister Hill Library

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) & Document Delivery: Interlibrary Loan is where the library gets articles or books for you that are not in their collection. Articles are sent to you electronically, books are held for you to pick up and check out. Document Delivery is a service where the library sends you electronic copies of articles from our collection, saving you the time of copying them yourself.

Once you have gathered your resources you want to make sure you have properly cited the information in your paper to give the authors of the work you are referencing proper credit. Plus, Each discipline uses its own citation style. You should make sure that you are using the appropriate format for your paper.

For a list of general research resources that may help you during your research, please look at the following:

Your best source for information is the librarians. They are there to help you and will certainly be able to assist you with your research efforts. Do not hesitate to call on them for help. You'll be glad you did.

For answer to frequently asked questions about the Libraries please check the links below.

If you already know what you need to research, ask a specialist Librarian from this list for even more information. They are experts in researching these subjects!