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Where to Look
Now that you have an idea of what to focus on, you can start drilling down deeper on your one, specific topic. This is the real meat of your research and will give you the sources you'll use in your annotated bibliography/final paper.
The databases below cover a wide range of topics, which is useful when you're just starting your deeper research or if you're not sure which subject areas to look in.
Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.
Useful when you're starting out on a research project. Do simple searches to find topic introductions in a variety of subjects. The mind map tool will help you discover related ideas and terms.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Over 30 million digital pages of newspapers dating back to the 18th century, including some international newspapers.
These fall into the "reputable but not scholarly" area, but they're very useful for getting more current information than scholarly sources can provide.
New York Times: Create Your Account
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.
Newspaper Source Plus
Selected full-text from 30 US national and international newspapers and 200 regional papers, plus TV & radio news transcripts.
Google has some advanced search tools tucked away to streamline your search results. If you're looking for numerical data, limiting your search to government sites (.gov) can be quite helpful to target some reliable and plentiful data!
Google Scholar is another useful tool that might help you get started locating, well, scholarly sources. You can even tell it to search Lone Star access to full text!