Start Your Research

What are you looking for?

If you're doing a research paper, a good place to start is a Research Guide created by a librarian. It will recommend databases for finding articles, journals, books, and other resources to guide your research:

Here is a list of commonly asked for things when beginning a library research. If you're not finding what need, please contact us.

Tips on How to Do Library Research

If your starting a research project, here are three good places to start:

  • Use a research guide for a specific subject, which recommends database and other starting points.
  • Encyclopedias can give you a good overview of a topic, help you identify keywords, and provide bibliographies of sources.
  • Get help from reference staff in the Library You can contact us by email, phone, or chat Or you can get in-person help by visiting the Reference Desk in the Snoqualmie Building. (See hours.)

Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Articles

The best way to find articles is to search in a database from the UW Libraries.

Not finding what you're looking for? Get help.

Books and E-books

Both books and e-books can be found by searching in UW Libraries Search.

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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Here are two major collections of dictionaries and encyclopedias:

For specific titles or subject specific reseources, the UW Tacoma Library offers:

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Images, News Articles, Data & Statistics

These materials can be found by going to the following research guides:

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Streaming Video & DVDs

All streaming videos and DVDs owned by the UW Libraries can be found in UW Libraries Search. You can identify an online/streaming video because it will have an “eVideo” resource type icon and it will say “Online access” just below the cataloging information.

Major collections of streaming video from the UW Libraries and freely available on the web can be found on this research guide:

If you are instructor who would like to incorporate video into your classes, please see our overview of streaming video support for classes.

DVDs will have a "DVD Video" format, and if held by the Media Collection, they can be checked out at the Snoqualmie Building Service Desk.

Help with Research

There are many ways to get assistance.