1. Explore topic context (casual web searching)
2. Learn basic topic information (library catalog: books)
3. Focus on current scholarly conversations (library databases: articles)
4. Synthesize your ideas with previous scholarship (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (librarians & learning commons)
Again, start out broad and see what you get. Add keywords as needed for more specific results.
1. Rwanda = 9,765 results
2. Add: genocide = 2,695 results
4. Add: refugees = 138 results
5. Limit to scholarly journals = 54 results
6. Cite and add to RefWorks
As you review bibliographies, reviews of literature, reference lists, you will discover additional sources to possibly use.
Ansoms, An. “How Successful Is the Rwandan PRSP? Growth, Poverty & Inequality.” Review of African Political Economy, vol. 34, no. 112, 2007, pp. 371–379. www.jstor.org/stable/20406403.
PLAN A: Use the Citation Linker tool to find electronic full text of the article in library databases.
1. Search the journal title in Citation Linker. If it's not found, none of the library's databases have content from that journal.
2. In this case, JAH has content in several library databases. Use the article's citation info to know which database has the article.
3. Locate and export the article to your Easybib project. This is for practice only, so be sure to delete it when we're done.
PLAN B: If Citation Linker can't find the article in full text, search the catalog for the print version.
1. Again, search for the journal by title. If the library owns in print, check our "holdings" against your citation.
2. Go to the 3rd floor and locate the journal; organized in alphabetical order by title.
3. Scan what you need, and keep track of citations.
When the two options above fail, what can you do? Interlibrary Loan!