Criminal Justice Subject Guide Contents
Reference sources provide excellent background information. Save yourself time and frustration by browsing through an encyclopedia, dictionary, or handbook to get an overview of the subject and determine the best way to approach your topic. Collecting background information on your topic can help you expand your search term vocabulary and conduct better searches. Reference sources are a stepping stone to the primary and secondary sources that should comprise the bulk of your research. For example, encyclopedia articles are often followed by carefully selected bibliographies or lists of references to other works, useful items to have as you begin looking for additional information. The library maintains many more sources than those listed here, so it is important to browse the shelves around the call number to locate other relevant resources.
Developing a Research Topic
Checklist for Evaluation Information
Citing Sources and Plagiarism
Introduction to Library Research includes a section called "Searching for Materials at Chesnutt Library" that has useful tips for:
Charles W. Chesnutt Library,
Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, N.C. 28301