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Try these strategies to find library resources by topic.

Clarify your topic and search terms

Before you begin your search, we recommend evaluating your topic to make sure you have a clear focus that isn’t too narrow or broad.

  • Learn how to refine your research question in our guide to Finding and Exploring Your Topic.
  • Refer to our Essentials of Library Research to get help choosing the right search terms and keywords related to your topic to find books, articles, and more.
To discover a wide range of reference materials that can help you learn more about your topic, see our Ready Reference Resources guide.

Get started finding specific materials

See Find Materials for more information on how to find materials in different formats, including books, articles, data sets, streaming and downloadable video, special collections materials, and more.

Watch our video on why using library databases matters.

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