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What are you looking for?

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If you are beginning a research project, a good place to start is a research guide created by a librarian. It will recommend databases for finding articles, journals, books, and other resources to guide your research:

Research by Subject

Research by Class

Some of our interdisciplinary databases are also great places to start your search:

Academic Search Completeweb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

If you are not finding what you need with any of the resources and links above or below, please contact us!

Research Tips

Starting Your Research

If you’re starting a research project, here are three good places to start:

  • Use a research guide for a specific subject, which recommends databases and other starting points.
  • Encyclopedias can give you a good overview of a topic, help you identify keywords, and provide bibliographies of sources.
  • Get help from reference staff in the library. You can use online drop-in help or  contact us by email, or chat.

Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Articles

The best way to find articles is to search in a database from the UW Libraries.

  • A good starting point is Academic Search Complete. (Limit to "Scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles" on the initial search screen.)
  • For subject-specific databases, look at the "Find Articles" page on a Research Guide.
    • Most of these databases will also let you limit your results to scholarly or peer reviewed articles.
  • This guide lays out the steps to finding full text scholarly articles at the UW.

Not finding what you're looking for? Get help.

Books & eBooks

Both books and ebooks can be found by searching in UW Libraries Search.

  • To find books in the UW Tacoma Library, search in UW Libraries Search and limit to Tacoma as shown below:

Screenshot of UW Libraries Search showing limiter to UW Tacoma

  • ebooks can also be found by searching UW Libraries Search and limiting the format to "eBook". For more information on finding ebooks, look at this guide.

Not finding what you're looking for? Get help.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are great for giving you an overview of your topic, for helping you identify keywords, and even for providing you with bibliographies of sources.

Dictionaries can help you learn the lingo the experts are using to talk about your topic.

Here are two major collections of dictionaries and encyclopedias:

For specific titles or subject specific resources, the UW Tacoma Library offers:

Not finding what you're looking for? Get help.

Images, News, Data & Statistics

These materials are the things that can add some strength and pizzaz to your research! They can be found by going to the following research guides:

Not finding what you're looking for? Get help.

Streaming Videos & DVDs

All streaming videos and DVDs owned by the UW Libraries can be found in UW Libraries Search. You can identify an online/streaming video because it will have an “eVideo” resource type icon and it will say “Online access” just below the cataloging information.

Screenshot showing how to access streaming video

Major collections of streaming video from the UW Libraries and freely available on the web can be found on this research guide:

If you are an instructor who would like to incorporate video into your classes, please see our overview of streaming video support for classes.

DVDs will have a "DVD Video" format icon, and if held by the Media Collection, they can be checked out at the Snoqualmie Building Service Desk.

Help with Research

There are many ways to get assistance.