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FYS100K - Perfect Children-Reproductive Technology and the New Eugenics (Heller): Understanding Your Topic

Support for First Year Seminar research

Finding Possible Book Sources

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Although books are not usually primary resources for scientific topics, they may give a good overview and bibliography.

Use the following databases listed on the library's resources page to look for books:

A word about Wikipedia

DON'T USE WIKIPEDIA IN YOUR RESEARCH.

DO USE WIKIPEDIA FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TOPIC.

DON'T USE WIKIPEDIA AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR JOURNAL ARTICLES.

DO USE WIKIPEDIA FOR POSSIBLE REFERENCES AT THE END.

Background Research & Topic Overview

Browse a subject-specific encyclopedia. A good encyclopedia can provide beginning researchers with the following:

  • an overview of a topic and how it fits into the broader picture,
  • the various aspects of a topic to help broaden or narrow the area of research,
  • the vocabulary associated with the topic to help identify appropriate keywords to use at the computer,
  • the names of important people, companies or places involved with the topic,
  • a bibliography to lead to other relevant items on the topic, including major studies, books, articles and researchers.

Some good examples are: