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An Overview of Library Sources Introduction Overview of Library Sources The library—whether a bricks-and-mortar building or an electronic clearinghouse—can be incredibly helpful to researchers. Let the library's holdings assist in the research. In a traditional, physical library, this might mean simply heading over to the section where books on a given topic are held. Once there, scan the shelves for titles and books that seem relevant to the topic. Although it is not the most efficient way to gather material, it is a thorough way to start. When less familiar with a topic, looking through several different books that approach it from a wider range will help to narrow down the argument and decide what to focus on. From there, progress to the next level of library research, using search tools like keywords, the library catalog, bibliographies, periodical indexes, and statistical holdings. Learning Materials Searching Using Keywords If a library stack search has not resulted in many reputable sources, the next best thing is to perform a keyword search. Before heading over to the library catalog and databases, pause and identify at least five keywords that correspond to the topic. Use these keywords to begin the search. For example, in addition to using "Prohibition" as a keyword itself, Helena could also search for the following terms: "1920s," "alcohol," "moonshine," and "American law." Once several likely keywords have been identified, type them into the library catalog (or online database) individually and see what kinds of sources appear. Keyword searches can result in very broad outcomes; the results that flood the screen after typing in a broad search term like "1920s," for example, may be overwhelming. In that case, try combining two or more of the keywords.
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