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Resources and strategies for successfully researching your social problems research paper.


Background and historical information

Encyclopedias are excellent resources to use to find background amd historical information. You can also gain insight on how you might want to approach and narrow a general topic by reading encyclopedia articles. Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is an online collection of encyclopedias with articles representing a variety of perspectives from different disciplines.  

Search within Social Sciences encyclopedias

Need help?

Contact the Egan Library for research help by:

  • Visiting the Reference Desk in the Egan Library - open when the Library is open
  • Telephone: during our open hours at 796-6502 (local) or 1-877-796-6502 (toll free)
  • Filling out an email form
  • Chat - look for it on the Library's homepage
  • SMS messaging -  -  907-312-1044

Subject Guide

Outside sources

When using Websites and other outside sources be sure to examine them carefully for credibility.  You can apply the criteria from the CRAAP Test to determine whether or not a site is credible.

Scholarly sources

Getting materials from other libraries

We do our best to have the materials that you need for your research and study in our collection.  If we don't have an item that you need, you may find it in one of the libraries that participate in the Joint Library Catalog (which is the same as the Egan Library Catalog).  If it's in the Joint Library Catalog, then you can get the item just by placing a hold on it.

Make sure to use the Full Text Finder!  By using it, you may be able to find a print copy of an article, and it's an easy way to complete an Interlibrary loan form.

You can also get books and articles from libraries around the world using our Interlibrary loan (ILL) service.  Before you can use ILL, though, you need to register for an ILLiad account