Strategy One: Start with Known Items
Start your research by consulting materials on a topic that your have used in class or that have been recommended to you by your professor.
Strategy Two: Browsing
When you are looking for books on the shelves of the Howe Library, look at the books near the book you went to look for. Books on similar topics are shelved together and you will often find excellent materials by browsing the shelves in this way. Pro tip: CATQuest has a virtual browse feature.
Strategy Three: Cast a Wide Net
Cast a wide net. Use a variety of databases and library catalogs as you look for resources and use Interlibrary Loan to get materials that UVM does not own.
Strategy Four: Keep Track
Take notes on where you search for materials and what you find.
As a UVM student you have unprecedented access to information. During your time at UVM you should never pay for information. If you can't find a book or article you need in our collection check with a librarian (we can verify that we don't have it) and order through Interlibrary Loan if we do not own it. Interlibrary Loan is a free service and we can get almost anything you need and get it quickly.
Before you use Interlibrary for the first time you must register for the service.
CLICK HERE and complete the resulting form to register.