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POLS-426 Who Are We? (Messina)

Fall 2023


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The purpose of this guide is to help you through the various steps of the research process and find sources to search with information regarding your research questions and thesis. Remember that researching is an iterative process, so you may repeat steps more than once. It's okay to get frustrated, but know that librarians are here to help you when you have questions or are stuck.

Start Your Research

Search OneSearch

OneSearch searches the majority of Trinity's databases and is an excellent starting place to get a feel for the information available on your topic through Trinity's database collection. You can use OneSearch to find physical books, ebooks, articles, and more! Just enter your keywords and start searching! Ask a librarian if you get stuck.

Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is another good place to start your research because it casts a wide net and searches a huge number of resources. Something important to note, though, is that we do not have access to everything Google Scholar finds. So, if you use Google Scholar and find a resource we don't have access to, make sure you leave plenty of time to request the resource through interlibrary loan. 

Other Databases to Start Your Research

If you're struggling to find information related to your topic using OneSearch or Google Scholar you can also try searching the databases below. Be aware that these databases cast a significantly smaller net, so you will find fewer resources in total, but they may be more targeted towards your specific question.