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FSEM 100F: French New Wave: Cinema and Society: Home

Advice for Online Students

There may be times when you cannot come to the library during this semester, but the library is still here to help you! If you need a section of a book in the library's collection scanned and emailed to you, complete the digitization request form. Check here for more information on accessing library resources.

The Research Process

Research is a step-by-step process. Here are some procedures you might want to keep in mind:

Step 1. Identify your your topic

Read the assignment carefully to make sure you know what you need to do to complete it.  Talk to your professor if you are unsure about your topic. .  

Step 2. Obtain background material on your topic

Subject encyclopedias and other reference works can be useful in locating background information.  You will want to understand who the author of your work was and the time in which they lived.  The resources on the Background Information tab will help you with this.

Step 3. Find books 

Use the library's catalog search box on the Tools tab to look for books in the library's collections.  

Step 4: Find Articles

Quest, the library's discovery tool allows you to search across many of the library's databases.  The Tools tab has a search box for Quest and links to some specific databases that you may find helpful.

Step 5: Evaluating Your Sources

Remember that you are looking for scholary resources!  The Types of Resources tab will help you in identifying these.  You may also want to refer to the library's Evaluating Resources guide.  

Step 6: Citing Your Sources

Don't forget that you will have to cite and document the sources you use.  See the UMW Libraries' guide to Citing Resources for more information.  Both the library and the Writing Center can help you in citing resources correctly.  

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