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In Smart Search, use this search scope to search for print and online books and journals, articles (* through the Primo Central Index), library webpages, digital collections, and more simultaneously.
* The Primo Central index is a mega-aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance. These include journal articles, e-books, reviews, legal documents and more that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators, and from open-access repositories. A list of resources included is provided here.
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Academic Search Elite
Business Source Complete
Business Source Elite
Newspaper Source Plus
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Social Work Abstracts
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
America: History & Life
The Music Index
Teacher Reference Center
This includes materials on reserve for classes at The University of Iowa. Here you can keyword search for course instructor, course name, course number, or department in addition to author, title, or call number.
Sometimes it is hard to pick a topic for your research.
1. Brainstorm. Think of at least five possibilities that fit the assignment.
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Scholarly vs. Popular Publications
Web vs. Library Resources
University Press vs. Regular Publishers
Critically analyze information sources to evaluate the authority and quality of the books and articles you located. If you have found too many or too few sources, you may need to narrow or broaden your topic. Check with a librarian or your instructor.