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"Research is formalized curiosity; it is poking and prying with a purpose."

-Anthropologist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston

Research Tips

  • Use encyclopedias and handbooks to find background information and educate yourself about possible topics. There are a number of reference materials online and in print in the Snoqualmie Library Building. The column to the right has some examples of reference materials related to Gender & Sexuality Studies.
  • Brainstorm as many words and synonyms related to your topic as possible before you begin searching. You can find a list of keyword ideas on the Articles page of this guide.
  • Browse database subject lists to generate ideas.

  • Locate some books on the shelves and take time to look at them.

  • It may be helpful to browse some related research guides. You can find a list of related guides here.
  • Remember to stop occasionally and assess what you're finding. Are you finding the results that you want? Do you need to change something about how you are searching to get better results, such as trying new search terms or a different database?

  • If you need help finding resources, you are always welcome to visit the Ask Us! desk in the Snoqualmie Library Building or contact your subject librarian.

Major Online Reference Collections

Subject Specific Online Reference Sources