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Introduction to Research

Choose a Topic

CQ Researcher and EDS Research Starters provide an overview of topics of high interest.

You can narrow your topic by focusing on a specific geographic region, time period, person or population, cause, correlation or effect.

Finding Books and Articles

Find BOOKS using the Library Catalog. Search by author, title or topic using keyword or browse.

Find ARTICLES using our databases. You may want to begin with our frequently used databases.

Use EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service) to search the catalog and many of our databases simultaneously.

In either the catalog or bibliographic databases, you can refine your search using Boolean operators. Within the databases, you can limit the results by date, full-text availability and other limiters specific to an individual database.

Criteria for Evaluating Resources

You can evaluate electronic resources using the following test:

C - How Current is the work? Many academic disciplines concentrate on work done in the last 10 years. Those in technology and science may limit articles to the last 5 years.

R - Is the information Reliable? Does the information mesh with what you already know? Do at least two other sources corroborate the information? Is the argument presented logically and supported by evidence? Is the coverage of the topic complete?

A - Who is the Author? What credentials does he or she have? Is his work referenced by others in the field? Does she reference others in the field?

P - What is the purpose of the work? Is it meant to inform or to entertain? Is it scholarly or popular? What is the philosophy or bias of the author or publisher? (Consult the “About Us” section of websites for information.) Is the tone satirical? Who is the intended audience?


Citation Tools

Tools include both print and online sources for MLA, APA, Chicago, and others.

Research Guides

Guides are research assistance, subject guides and useful resources compiled by your friendly Dupré Library librarians.

Database Use: Electronic databases are limited to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette authorized users (students, faculty, and staff). Users attempting to access library databases both on and off campus will be required to log in with their ULID and password. Users must follow 'Fair Use' as outlined in U.S. Copyright Law and provisions of license agreements with individual providers. Online database material obtained must be used for personal, non-commercial purposes. Improper use generally includes, but is not limited to, utilizing robots/auto crawlers, downloading entire eJournals, printing numerous copies of a single article, or publishing articles made available through the databases. Unauthorized use of Dupré Library databases and other electronic resources can result in revocation of access. For questions about use, contact the Reference Desk at (337) 482-6030, email, or use the 'Got Questions? Ask Us!' box to chat.

Database Accessibility: EBSCO, one of the Library's major database providers, is committed to providing positive experiences for all users. They have provided an EBSCO Accessibility – Navigation Guide and an EBSCO eBook Accessibility User Guide and FAQs for using their databases.