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Getting Started With Research

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Finding Information


Now that you have a topic to research and some keywords to use, it's time to figure out where you're going to start your search. The best place to find scholarly materials is through Library Services. The library offers you a lot of different types of materials, including:

  • Books
  • Electronic books
  • DVDs
  • Online streaming videos
  • Academic journal articles (print)
  • Academic journal articles (digital)
  • More!

So how do you get to this stuff? Library Services' website allows you to searching for everything all at once, either on the website or in the box below:


Discover books, movies and articles, electronic and print, at Library Services!


You can search by subject, title or author, and can narrow your search by publication date, format, and more!

If you are looking specifically for academic journal articles (as well as some electronic books and online streaming videos), you can also go directly to a database. Library Services subscribes to more than 100 different databases and each one serves a different purpose. Browse the list and descriptions to see what the library offers.

Library Services offers so many choices for so many topics that sometimes, it can be overwhelming. That's why the librarians have created research guides. Each guide focuses on a different subject - most majors, minors and concentrations offered at Springfield College have their own guides, as well as some specific courses. The guides narrow down the library's resources to those things that will be most useful to that subject. Browse through our list of research guides to find some that might be useful to you!