Books can be a good place to learn more about your topic when you're just starting your research, or they can be a place to delve deeper -- sometimes the same book can do both!
Yes, they're longer than articles, but reading for research means you're not trying to dodge spoilers. While you don't want to take anything out of context... you're also going to dip in and out, not sit down and read it straight through, most likely. (E-books make this even easier to do with 'search inside' features and hyperlinked tables of contents.)
Consider which disciplines apply to your specific topic when choosing your databases.
Research Databases (Main Page)
Access online library materials through the library databases!
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To access the databases from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your 14-digit library barcode.
Don't have one yet? Request a barcode number online.