Reference sources are often the best sources of overview information. The BEST way to find these sources is to meet with an Instruction Librarian.
Reference books are located in the Garver Room, and appear in the OWHL catalog.
There are several reasons why it is a good idea to begin research by getting an overview of your topic:
Before you can begin searching for information in a print or online resource, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. As you use reference sources to gain an overview, make note of any specific names, dates, places, events, or specific vocabulary associated with your topic.
The searching vocabulary you develop can have a profound impact on the results of your research. Using the “right” words will speed up the research process, while the “wrong” words can bring to it to a screeching halt.