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Library Research Tools

Conducting research at Oakmont 

1.  Begin your research project by collecting general, reference information about your topic.  A good place to start is the World Book encyclopedia.

2.  Once you have learned about your topic generally, you can narrow the topic by working with secondary sources.  Search for articles in the Gale databases like History in Context which also has primary source documents.

3.  Along with articles from the Gale databases, search the Oakmont library catalog for books on your topic.

4.  When you have finished your research, don't forget to cite your sources.  The Online Writing Lab can help!

If you are using a website that is not from the Gale databases, consider its components:

Domain

Audience

Author

Date

References

Peer Review

DVDs can also help with your research.  The full list of DVDs available in the Oakmont library is available here.