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Scroll through the list to find a helpful research guide or visit the research guides page to see subject groups.
The DragonQuest: Basic Searching video provides a basic overview of searching for materials using DragonQuest:
If you're struggling to find information, try these ideas:
Research Starters provide quick overviews of a broad topic. Research Starters appear at the very top of your DragonQuest search results if one happens to be available on your topic. The following image shows the location of a Research Starter on the broad topic "drug abuse."
Many Research Starters contain additional links to topics and resources, along with recommended search strategies to help you locate additional information or explore related topics.
You can use the "Refine Results" area in DragonQuest to limit your search results to a specific type of resource OR narrow down our list of databases by the types of materials they contain. As an example, if you're looking to identify a community problem, you might benefit by browsing our collection of electronic newspapers. The following image shows the A to Z list dropdown menus to help you select databases which only contain certain types of resources.
Consider using some of the following "community problem" keywords in DragonQuest:
A keyword search is the broadest search you can conduct inside our discovery service.
Pfeiffer Library also has a number of research guides and tutorials to help guide you throughout your research process. Here are a few places to start to understand finding and evaluating your sources:
Look for the "Search about the library" box to search for content on our website.
The website search box pulls resources together from multiple corners of the library. These include:
The following image shows a snapshot of our search results for "APA format."
To help you understand the research process, you may find these publications helpful:
If you want to browse the library's shelves for some additional potential, here are a few section recommendations:
Browsing by call number is a good way to discover new materials related to your topic. Want to know more about using call numbers? Try this!