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Historical Geology (Honors) | Spears: Getting Started

Spring 2019

Finding Information

LSCS Libraries offer dozens of databases covering all of the major disciplines. You can search for a database by subject, or enter a specific database through our alphabetical list.

  • Some databases contain only peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles.
  • Many databases contain scholarly journal articles as well as popular articles from magazines and newspapers.
  • Choosing the right databases and the right types of articles is easy and, if you have questions, we can show you how. 

Full text not available? If we don't have the full text article available through our databases, do not despair! You can request articles through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Thanks to TexShare, a program funded by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, we are able to request materials from other libraries throughout the state. Often a PDF of the article you need can be emailed to you within days.

Before You Research

Research is a process. First, become familiar with your topic. Background and overview information can be found in your textbook as well as some of the databases in the library.  Understand the landscape of concepts and key terms that surround a topic, much like a map with these concepts and terms guiding you to the place you are trying to find. This will help you develop a context for your topic as well as get to know the specialized terms used by experts.

Credo Reference is helpful at this stage of the research process. This subject-specific encyclopedic collection will have overview articles published or written by authoritative sources. 

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