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WSDB 292: Library Tips & Tricks

Try our DISCOVERY SEARCH box but don't stop there! 

Also try any of these article databases to identify academic journal articles directly related to your research topic:

**TIP 1: you can click on the Scholarly/Peer-reviewed journals tab or checkbox in most of the databases above to limit your searchese to academic articles only. See also Evaluating Sources.

TIP 2: Use the Findit@Concordia button within the databases to try and access the text of the articles. See also ACCESSING the texts.


Though books (or book chapters/essays) can prove to be useful sources for your research paper, it will take more judgment and evaluation on your part to determine if they qualify as appropriate academic sources. See Help EVALUATING sources for some general guidelines.

A preliminary literature review is required for your outline, and a more developed one for your final paper. Although your professor's instructions should always come first, see our library help guide: 

How to write a literature review

...for general guidelines on how to write a literature review.

Most articles in scholarly journals include a literature review as part of their text, either labeled as such or integrated within the text. For example, see this article about disability with a short literature review. Some articles articles are entirely devoted to providing a review of the literature. For example, see this extensive literature review in the journal Intersectionalities.

A small set of specialized scholarly journals contain ONLY articles which have as their main task to review or survey the literature related to a research topic. While none of these are specfically feminist journals you can still take a look at these:

*WARNING: Depending on your topic, you may not find any relevant articles from survey or review journals. You will in any case need to search the databases below to identify more of your required scholarly sources.

Encyclopedias can sometimes help you explore or define the broader issues and themes related to your research paper topic, and get ideas or references for your searches below.

Though encyclopedia articles often include bibliographies listing important books and articles, the encyclopedia articles themselves should NOT be considered as one of the 5 required secondary sources for your term paper.

FORMATTING GUIDES -- Bibliography and In-text Citations:


ONLINE: News Archives: current & historical


ONLINE: Diaries, Letters, Pamphlets....

ONLINE: More Archival & Primary Sources


IN PERSON Archives: Other Libraries & Research Centres

Archival and primary sources can be found in many different places and in many different libraries depending on the context. For instance:

If you are not certain that you are looking in the right places, use one of our our ASK A LIBRARIAN services or contact me.


Encyclopedias, Article Databases and CLUES (listed above on this page) can help you find material about most research method(s) you may be considering.

But you can also try out our new specialized tool:

  • Sage Research Methods Online
    • This tool contains encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, journal articles and videos dealing with research methods in both theoretical and practical terms. It also includes Methods Map, a visualization tool that tries to map relationships between methods. 

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