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Scholarly articles are not the place to start your research. First, you need to get familiar enough with your topic that you can start to narrow it down, and for that you need more general information. This will help you develop context for your topic as well as get to know the specialized terms used by experts.
Use your Lone Star email address to create an account via this link. Once you've made an account, you can go straight to the regular NYT site (nytimes.com) and log in as if you were a paying subscriber.
Ebooks & Books
The ebook collections offer several advantages: instant online-access, no need to check-out the book, and you can easily search inside to jump to your search terms.
Search complete electronic books. Read in browser, or create an account to download books to various devices
Search the catalog for (mostly) paper books from LSC, HCPL, and MCMLS. Many digital resources can also be found in the catalog.
If you see something good, you can "Place hold" to request the book be sent to a library of your choice. (This can take several business days.)
Since books are grouped together by topic, it can be a good idea to actually visit the library* and go to the shelf of that particular book. Chances are the books on either side of it are going to be helpful, too!
Managing Your Research
While conducting research you will need to capture the articles and associated citations. Your process will be very individual, but be consistent and choose a tool to help organize your research. Some suggested tools below:
OneDrive - Cloud storage from Microsoft Office 365. 1 TB free for Lone Star College students.
Evernote - The Basic version is free. Works across all mobile devices. Create notebooks for each course or writing assignment. Be sure to download the Web Clipper as well.
Zotero - Zotero is a free, open access extension that runs in the Firefox and Chrome browsers that's designed to gather, download, and tag your research. Helpful tutorials.
EasyBib - Citation generator that is free for MLA.
Is this source up-to-date? Is it about my topic, and does it go into enough depth? Does it come from an authoritative source? Is the information accurate (and are there citations given to back it up)? And why was this information written in the first place?