Library Tips for your Writing an Introduction Assignment
Our DISCOVERY SEARCH is great, but can be overwhelming!
Also try these databases to find academic articles in peer-reviewed journals:
- Academic Search Complete (also large & multidisciplinary)
- Anthropology Plus
- Gender Studies Database
- LGBT Life Fulltext
- Race Relations Abstracts
Any or all of these 6 EBSCO databases above can be searched TOGETHER
*just select Choose Databases
You may also like:
- JSTOR (most recent years often missing)
- Google Scholar
TIP: click on the "Cited By" link underneath the citations you find to get more recent sources
- For Quick Tips on how to enter search terms in most of these databases, see this one-page CHEAT SHEET.
- Click on the Scholarly/Peer-reviewed journals tab or checkbox in most of the databases above to limit your search to accepted sources. See also Evaluating Sources.
- You can sort your results by Relevance or by Most Recent Date
- Use the Findit@Concordia button within the databases to try and access the text of the articles. See also Help ACCESSING the texts.
Books can provide more in-depth information than articles, with more history and context.
You can use our DISCOVERY SEARCH box to find books but DON'T STOP there!
- Use the Library catalogue (CLUES) to find books at Concordia Library.
- Try Worldcat to search libraries worldwide, and Other Library Catalogues to locate books at McGill or other Montreal libraries.
- Use Google Books to search inside the pages of books, then use a Title Search in our Library Catalogue to find out if we own the book you want. If we don't own the book use Interlibrary Loans or other library services
- See Related Library Services to find out how to obtain material from other libraries.
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 quality sources. See Evaluating Sources for some general guidelines.
Encyclopedias can help you define the broader issues and themes related to your research paper topic from an academic point of view.
- Wiley Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender (2017)
- Search multiple encyclopedias simultaneously in Gale eBooks
- Search the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology for possible background on theoretical issues and research concepts.
- Select from a list of Sexuality Studies Encyclopedias, Women's Studies Encyclopedias, or find an encyclopedia related to your topic by using our Online Encyclopedias page.