Use the tabs above to navigate through the pages of this tutorial. Each tab is a page that provides information on finding that material type of material.
There are three basic tutorials you must read, in order to find your way around library research. If you haven't already seen them, take a few minutes now.
For more tutorials, see the Library Tutorials page.
In the pages of this guide find information about, and links to, important resources relevant to the subject.
Use the tabs across the top to navigate around the guide.
If you need help, don't forget to check out the tutorials. You can also ask at the Service Desk in the library, or email me to ask a question.
Where you look for information in Child & Youth Studies depends on what you hope to find. There is no ONE PLACE to search for everything. Scholarly documents are often "owned" by an organization and you need to search a specific database to find them.
Before you start searching, know what you want to find:
Then think about keywords because they'll affect what you find. Plan where you want to search and what terms you will search for. The plan may change as you review your results and learn from them.
Course textbooks and Reserve readings are usually a great place to start, since they provide background reading and often include a bibliography. Check to see what's already available for your course. The list of books under "Find Books" may also offer helpful background reading and bibliographies.
We have a set of 3 online tutorials that will get you started with your research (see the links on the left). You should read these tutorials before starting your research - they will save you time and frustration. Once you get beyond those basics, there may be other tutorials you want to check out.