Research Resources from UM Libraries
Finding resources in the library collection (books, ebooks, peer reviewed articles, and images)
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Citation sources in Chicago Style
Get curious and inspired by searching before you select your topic
Brainstorm keywords based on what you know so far & what Qs you have
Check reference sources for background info (dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks etc), add to keywords
Check the library search
Check the most relevant subject guide for databases to search
Expand search via sources from bibliographies and new keywords
Gather citations as you research
(encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc)
You can give the search more options by placing similar words in brackets, separated by OR
(art OR architecture)
(Shang Dynasty OR Zhou Dynasty)
These will cause results to all have at least one of those words in the the title, description, and/or the text
Broadening Your Results
Try to articulate different ways of expressing a concept that you are searching through these strategies:
Egypt* finds: Egypt, Egyptian
Architect* finds: Architect, Architects, Architecture, Architectural...
Christian* finds: Christian, Christians, Christianity...
Note: be careful where you place the *, for example Christ* would also find: Christmas, Christo (an artist)
Narrowing Your Results
Quick access instructions:
1. Following the "Full text available in HathiTrust" link, click the LOG IN button in the top right corner. Select University of Manitoba as your partner institution.
2. Sign in using your UM email account and your email password.
3. At the bottom of the following page, under Viewability, there will be a Temporary Access link; click on that.
4. If available, a "Check Out" button will appear on the following screen. If the book is currently in use, check back at a later time by refreshing the page.
Currency - Is there a date the page was published or updated? How current are the cited sources? Are there broken links?
Relevancy - who is the intended audience?
Authority - is the author a recognized expert in this field?
Accuracy - supported with evidence (citations)? Peer-reviewed?
Purpose - to inform? teach? entertain? persuade? sell? Check the domain (eg: .com = commercial, .org = non-profit, .edu = educational...
Citing and Writing
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