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Research 101: A Self-Guided Tutorial

Research Smarter

1 - Catalog Basics

What is a library catalog?

Library catalogs list and provide locations for the scholarly books and other printed and online materials available in libraries.

Why should I use one?

Library catalogs help you locate books, videos, government documents, journals, articles, and all of the other terrific resources libraries make available to you.

Why are books important when I’m beginning my research?

Books are a great place to get an overview of what’s known about a topic and to consult a lengthy bibliography of other important sources on a topic.

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