Search for books, journals, articles, media and more.
Finding Background Information
Encyclopedias are a good way to get background information. They provide a broad overview of your topic and put it in the context of what is already known about the subject.
References are included at the ends of articles to point you to further information. The long reference lists are a good way to identify useful articles. See this tutorial on finding an article when you have the citation in hand.
Finding Journal Articles
Use an article index or database to find articles on your topic. An article index gives you information about articles such as article title, author, journal or magazine name, issue, and year. Sometimes the whole article is included. If not, you can often link out to it.
If you find a citation for a good book or other article, use Citation Linker to get to the article.
Give credit to those whose work you use in your own writing and help others find your sources. Use Documentation Quicktips for citing sources using major styles and avoiding plagiarism. (University of Minnesota Center for Writing)