This guide was designed to guide you through a linear research process -- starting with an idea, then using reference sources and books to build a foundation, followed by using scholarly journals to find evidence for a claim. Keep in mind, however, that the research process is rarely linear!
As you go through this guide, try a few of your research ideas in the various sources linked. Keep a notepad ready to make a running list of keywords, phrases, theories, etc. that you can use for searches as you continue your topic investigation.
All Yale College undergraduates have a Personal Librarian. Reach out to your Personal Librarian if you have questions about:
-Navigating the library
-Finding books and articles
-Formulating a research question
-Using special collections
When you need to find books, articles, newspapers, primary sources - anything! - use the Yale Library website as your starting point. By accessing material through the website, you will connect to the material that we have already purchased for you to use! Here are some ways you can get started: