Reference Sources will give you a great overview of your topic. They will help you determine what words to use when searching. Lastly, reference sources have bibliographies that list articles and books about your topic! How's that for saving time!
STEP 1 - Background Info
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Reference Sources and Background Info
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Tip #1 - Try searching for Reference books in JMU Library Catalog
On the LEO search screen, beneath the search boxes, change the location to Carrier Library - Reference and/or Memorial - ETMC Reference.
Tip #2 - Try browsing the Reference shelves
Carrier Library and ETMC have Reference shelves that are separate from the rest of our collection. (It's a smaller collection so you can actually browse the shelves!) The call number "L" is dedicated to the field of Education. (Mostly all the Reference books are at ETMC. The rest of the collection is in Carrier Library, 3rd floor.)
Tip #3 - Try searching for any and all materials in JMU Library Catalog
If the Reference Collection doesn't work out for you, simply search the catalog for any and all materials.
Tip #4 - Keywords
Use the major concepts of your topic as your search words. If you find one great book, you are in luck, because books with a similar call number, shelved near that book, will be on the same topic.
Tip #5 - Subject Headings
Every book is assigned Subject Headings. Use the Subject Headings to find similar books. Click on the Subject tab to search the Subject Headings, or click on a relevant Subject Heading attached to the best books that you find.
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