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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Starting Your Research

A place to get background information to start your research.

Starting Your Research

Need an introduction to a topic? We can help with that. These sources will offer you background on:
  • topics
  • facts and figures
  • pointers to major sources of research
  • assistance in helping to narrow or to better define a research topic

Among the best starting points are the Credo Reference Collection and the Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Research Guides by Subject

Take a look at the Research Guides compiled by Sewanee librarians. There should be one focused on your discipline, and maybe even your course!

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Oxford Bibliographies Online

Oxford Bibliographies Online 

Oxford Bibliographies Online is a library of discipline-based subject modules created by leading scholars. Each guide includes the most important and significant sources in a specific area of study, with unique editorial commentary to show how the cited sources are interrelated. We have these subjects: Anthropology, Biblical Studies, Classics, Education, International Law, International Relations, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Renaissance and Reformation, Sociology, and Victorian Literature.

Search Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference OnlineEnter a search term in the box below to search selected dictionaries and encyclopedias from Oxford University Press:

Search the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Opposing Viewpoints

CQ Researcher

Provides in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. 

Other Helpful Skills

Polish some of the research skills that will be necessary for research, writing, and presentation across multiple academic disciplines.