Think about the kinds of items you want to find.
Then pick a useful research tool based on answers to these questions:
1. Which topics does it cover?
2. What types of materials does it index or provide?
3. What time period does it cover?
|I want to find...||Check here first...||Check here next...|
|Books||Pierce Library Catalog (type in search box)||Los Angeles Public Library (http://www.lapl.org)|
|Electronic Books||Pierce Library Catalog (type in search box)||Los Angeles Public Library (http://www.lapl.org)|
|Magazine & journal articles||A-Z Databases OR Pierce Subject Guides||Online Journal Article Collections (e.g., JSTOR)|
|Book chapters||Pierce Library Catalog (type in search box)
TIP! Search for the book title
Think about the research tools you already use.
Some are free to everyone, while others are licensed for limited use.
You may be surprised to learn what they do not include.