Background Information and Reference
Databases for Scholarly Articles
Click "view online," "PDF," or the button to connect to the full text if we have it. The will also indicate whether a print copy is held in the Libraries. If not available, request the item via Interlibrary Loan.
Useful Books on Central Asia
Tips for Using Libraries Search and Catalog
Libraries Search will search many article databases, the UMN Library Catalog and other resources. But it doesn't search everything. You may want to search subject specific article databases to find more articles and for more search options. .
The UMN Library Catalog searches books, journals, DVDs, other formats but NOT articles.
To limit by language, format, or subject, use the limits on the right after performing a search in Libraries Search.
Besides searching using "central asia" as a term, you may also want to search under specific countries, regions, or cities (e.g. "uzbekistan", "tashkent").
One of the most effective ways to search for items on a country, city, or region is to do a subject browse search. Input the geographic place name and browse through the list of subtopics.
You can also perform a subject browse for a topic or group related to a particular country or place. Search under the group or topic (e.g. women, islam) and then the place name (e.g. "women uzbekistan").
Citing your sources (e.g. Chicago, MLA, APA, etc.)
Many article databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier, Google Scholar) will create a citation for you. After you found the item, look for "cite" or "quotes." Here are examples:
In Google Scholar:
In Academic Search Premier:
Learn more about on annotated bibliographies
An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources, each of which is followed by a brief note or “annotation.”
Getting your questions answered
We are all eager to answer your questions and get you the resources and information you need to succeed. Here are ways you can connect to library staff:
Peer Research Consultants. Make an online 30 minute appointment for one-on-one peer assistance with your research. Get help with researching your topic, finding sources, citing sources and more. Peer Research Consultants can also help you get started with faculty-sponsored research.
Chat 24/7 Online with the Libraries. Ask us anything! Chat with a librarian, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with any research or library questions.
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