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My Americas Project: Finding Sources

A guide for finding resources and creating NoodleBib citations for your My Americas Project.


Books are another valuable resource in any research paper or project. Books (as opposed to articles) generally possess the following characteristics:

  • Longer in length
  • Good sources of background and historical information
  • Often contain footnotes and lengthy bibliographies

To find books at Uni:

1. First do a search in the UIUC Online Catalog.

2. Once you have your search results, use the sidebar on the right side to limit your search results by LOCATION.

Narrow your search.

3. Write down the call number and search the stacks at Uni for your book!

Online Reference

Reference sources -- either online or in print -- make a great starting point for your project. Search the online sources listed below to get to specific encyclopedia entries or browse by topic.

Online Databases

Database searching often reveals articles that can take your research to the next level. Remember: when you find an article that seems relevant and you want to find more like it, follow the subject heading trail!