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Dragon Education Core

Supports research development in DEC courses.

Online Course Reading List

Online students: Unless noted otherwise, readings listed are REQUIRED for completion of activities in the online course.

Seated students: Please check with your faculty to determine if the materials shown here are required for your class.


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Find Library Resources

Advanced Search

Are you looking for a specific database? Try our A to Z list.

You are currently searching Academic Search Complete. For more options, see our database list.

Want a print book and don't live near Ohio? Try searching WorldCat to find materials near you!
If you're looking to use an eBook, try searching just the Tiffin University catalog.

You are currently searching our journal holdings. If you wish to find an article, try searching one of our databases on the database list.

Scroll through the list to find a helpful research guide or visit the research guides page to see subject groups.

Recommended Databases

Searching an individual database returns fewer, but sometimes more focused, results than a DragonQuest search. We recommend...

Broad Library Search Strategies

If you're struggling to find information, try these ideas:

Research Starters

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."

DragonQuest search for "drug abuse" with a research starter featured on the topic


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.

Use Resource Types

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.

All database types dropdown menu is open with "newspapers" highlighted


Consider using some of the following "community problem" keywords in DragonQuest:

  • drug abuse
  • petty crime
  • poverty
  • racism
  • teen pregnancy
  • clean drinking water
  • hunger
  • inequality
  • child abuse and neglect
  • affordable housing

A keyword search is the broadest search you can conduct inside our discovery service. For more information on search and retrieval in DragonQuest, you may also want to consult our DragonQuest tutorial.

Focused Library Search Strategies

Opposing Viewpoints

If you want to locate pro/con discussions about your topic, we recommend:


Locate statistics through the library. We recommend the following:


If you're having difficulty navigating any of the databases recommended in this section, check out our tutorials.

Research outside of the University Library

Web Strategies

When browsing the web for information, consider the following search strategies:

  • Search for "community resources" and the name of your city, county, and state through a search engine like Google.
  • Search social media platforms for groups and pages in your area.
  • Locate government (.gov) websites for your city, county, and state.
  • Consider public entities (schools, churches, shelters, food pantries, and other non-profit organizations). 
  • Look for community calendars of events and organizational meeting schedules to help you connect with people in your area.

Recommended websites include:

Networking Strategies

Smaller communities may face greater challenges with keeping web-based content up to date. If the web fails you, we suggest that you...

  • Pick up a print copy of a local newspaper
  • Visit your local public library

Field Interviews

Depending on your research topic, you may need to conduct field interviews to collect data.  We recommend viewing our guide on conducting field interviews below!