Use this guide to access a curated list of resources for your YYGS project.
You can also go directly to the library website to access material:
When you start researching a new topic consult reference sources to gather background information.
Wikipedia is an example of a reference source. Wikipedia isn't the best source, but it can be used to identify other authoritative and scholarly sources -- to do so, review the footnotes and citations. Wikipedia can also be used to identify key terms associated with your topic.
For scholarly reference sources, try the library databases linked below:
The best way to access newspapers is through a library database -- this way you will not need a subscription to access. For YYGS, we recommend:
For a complete list of newspaper databases, see:
To surface books on your topic use the library catalog:
1) Search by keyword, such as "sustainable development" or "human genome". If your first search has too many results, modify to add specific keywords, such as a continent, country, region, etc. For example, "sustainable development" AND "Europe" will return more specific results than "sustainable development" on its own.
2) Search by subject to retrieve books ABOUT a topic. Try the following phrases (use quotation marks) using the drop-down menu for "Subject":
To find scholarly articles, use a library database. The library also provides a service that aggregates articles from many different databases:
The following general and subject-specific databases are also recommended for YYGS:
The links below provide information about resources like Scientific American and New Scientist, which all explain core science concepts and developments in new frontiers of science at a nonspecialist level.
Google Scholar often works, but sometimes, there are problems connecting to our databases. We have troubleshooting information to help you.
From the NounProject: "Brain" by Vladimir Belochkin, RU; "Books" by Icon 54; "Article" by Setyo Ari Wibowo, ID; "Newspaper" by Bybzee, FR.