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Research Process: Getting Started: 3. Finding Information

A guide to assist students in conducting research using the wide variety of information sources available to them.


You've decided what kind of information sources you want to use, but now you need to figure out where and how to locate them.

In this section, you will learn to:

  1. Choose the best tool with which to begin your search.
  2. Conduct effective searches using library tools, including SUMMON, the Classic Catalog, and databases, as well as the Web.
  3. Find books, articles and other materials in the Syracuse University Libraries.
  4. Ask for help when you are stuck.

Can't find what you're looking for in the SU Libraries?

No library owns everything!

If we don't have what you're looking for, we'll borrow it for you from another library:

  • books
  • book chapters
  • journal articles
  • conference papers
  • technical reports
  • theses
  • standards
  • patents

This is a FREE service provided by the SU Library through ILLiad, our automated interlibrary loan system. Some publications (e.g. journal articles) may be e-mailed directly to you as PDF files. Books must be picked up at the Bird Library.

If you don't have an account, go to ILLiad, follow the link for "First Time Users" and fill in the form to create a new account. You'll be able to start using ILLiad right away.