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Articles and More

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.

Books and More

Similar to the 'Articles and More' scope, this search scope simply excludes article results.

EBSCO Results

In order to include results from EBSCO databases, you must first be signed in to Smart Search. Once you have signed in, your search results will include items from the following EBSCO databases;

  • Academic Search Elite

  • Business Source Complete

  • Business Source Elite

  • Newspaper Source Plus

  • CINAHL Plus

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete

  • Social Work Abstracts

  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

  • America: History & Life

  • MasterFILE Premier

  • The Music Index

  • Teacher Reference Center

  • Econlit

Course Reserves

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.

Picking a Topic

Sometimes it is hard to pick a topic for your research.

1. Brainstorm. Think of at least five possibilities that fit the assignment.

2. Pick a topic that interest you. You'll be spending time reading and thinking about it, so it should be something that interests you.

3. Match your topic to the scope of the assignment.

4. Ask a question. This may not be necessary every time, but asking a question can be a helpful way to frame your research.

5. Make sure your topic fits the assignment. Reread the assignment and if you're not sure, check with your instructor.

Selecting and Using the Best Research Resources

Scholarly vs. Popular Publications

Web vs. Library Resources

University Press vs. Regular Publishers

Evaluating resources

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.

  • Who is the author?
  • How current is the information?
  • How in-depth is the information? Is it accurate?
  • Can you see any bias?
  • What is the domain?

Evaluating Information

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