How to Search for Sources

When looking for sources for a research question or other assignment, start by asking:

  • What type of person or organization might have created this source, and when?
  • Where might this source have been published or archived, either in print or online?

If you know very little about the topic, read a tertiary source (an encyclopedia entry) to help point you to more valuable secondary and primary sources for further reading. Wikipedia, the user-contributed resource, can help you to get started, as long as you dig further into its citations, search for others, and base your claims on the richest sources.

For a broad scope of secondary and primary sources, try an “advanced search” in:

  • Trincoll.WorldCat.org – best worldwide library catalog; Trinity results listed first
  • Google Scholar - citations for scholarly articles or legal documents, but not full-text

For a narrower scope, try an “advanced search” in specialized databases:

*Requires Trinity network access or off-campus VPN access

To search the Hartford Courant newspaper:

To search more news: ProQuest News (NYTimes Historical, WashPost, WSJ) or LexisNexis Academic (broader scope of national & world news, 1980-present)*

To find journals by title (digital or print), go to Trinity Library > Articles

See other digital resources organized by Trinity Library > Digital Collections 

Meet with a Trinity Research Librarian for more advice

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