The easiest way to search for information electronically is to enter a couple of keywords into the search box of the resource and see what type of results you get. However, this strategy will often result in too few, too many, or irrelevant results.
In order to retrieve the most relevant results, try using a combination of keywords. You may also want to try truncation symbols.
Truncation or wildcard symbols can broaden your search and allow you to look for word variations. For example, searching sport* would bring up variations such as sport, sports, sporting, sporty, etc.
Note: The truncation symbol varies depending on the electronic resource you are searching. For more information, consult the database’s “help” or “search tips” pages.
Once you have identified some key terminology, the next step is to find background information on your topic.
Background research serves many purposes.
Background research might lead you to bibliographies that you can use to find additional sources of information on your topic.
Background information can be found in:
general or subject-specific encyclopedias
Try the Recommended Background Sources, Reference Universe or Gale Virtual Reference Library, for background information on your topic.
REFERENCE UNIVERSE indexes the contents of the entire reference collection, both print and electronic, owned by the University of Kentucky Libraries.
START YOUR RESEARCH in REFERENCE UNIVERSE in the BOX BELOW (type any word/phrase, then press enter)
GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY is a collection of full-text encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources on many different subjects. GVRL is also indexed in Reference Universe.