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Current Issues & Best Bets For Research: Home

This guide will help you find databases to research current issues and multiple subject areas for papers in any class.

Start Your Search of the Library's Collection of Books & Articles with Primo


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Foundational Scripture

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

-Proverbs 25:2 (ESV)

Welcome to the University Library!

The Library should be a prominent part of the process of earning your degree. Whether you take classes on-campus or online, the Library's resources are at the center of your research for discussion board posts, papers, and projects.
Students who invest the time to learn to use the Library's resources spend less time researching and develop better results in the end.
We have made many short videos, which are posted on our YouTube channel, that explain the best ways to use our tools.  

Overview of Content

In this guide, you will discover:

  1. How to locate sources for your projects using the Library's online tools.
  2. How to evaluate the reliability of sources.
  3. How to safeguard yourself from inadvertent plagiarism.
  4. How to get help with your research.

Where should I start my research & find articles?

How do I get books and e-books?

Recommended Research Process

1.  Start with Primo

2. Go to individual databases (see above or select ones specific to your topic here)

3. Search Google Scholar

4. Search World Cat

5. Use Interlibrary Loan to request any books or articles you came across that we don't have (you don't need to buy sources)

6. If you're stuck or need more background knowledge, look up your topic on Google. Try to grasp the basic issues and key terms related to your topic.  See if you can find what major authors have written about it.

Where can I find newspaper and magazine articles?

Can I use Google?