August 18, 2017

General Research Pathfinder

General Research Path:
General Encyclopedia – Start your search here
Encyclopedia Britannica : – Always start with the general encyclopedia to help you narrow your topic.  Enter your search terms, read the entries and take notes to help you focus in on your topic. Don’t forget to keep track of where you go so you can make citations.

Use the library catalog and the search terms you found in your encyclopedia research to find books in the library to help your expand your topic.  Don’t forget to search the public libraries in our area or SILO to get books from other libraries.


Search  the databases provided by the AEA to find journal articles, pictures, video and more source documents to support your research topic.

Use your search words to explore websites for more information.  Don’t forget to refresh your memory on how to evaluate a website before your google.

Search for More Sites
Use librarian-created subject guides and search directories in addition to general web search engines to find more web sources for your topic.

  • Digital Librarian: – An annotated directory of sites arranged alphabetically.  The site is maintained by Margaret Vail Anderson, a librarian in Cortland, New York.
  • Internet Public Library: – An annotate directory of close to 3000 searches created and evaluated by librarians for their relevance and usefulness.
  • Librarian’s Internet Index: – A searchable and annotated subject directory of Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries.