Choose the databases and formats best suited to your particular topic; ask at the librarian at the Reference Desk if you need help figuring out which database best meets your needs.
Many of the articles in the databases are available in full-text format.
Before beginning your research in earnest, do a preliminary search to determine whether there is enough information out there for your needs and to set the context of your research.
Look up your keywords in the appropriate titles in the library's Reference collection (such as encyclopedias and dictionaries) and in other sources such as our catalog of books, periodical databases, and Internet search engines.
Be sure to document all the sources you consult, even if you there is a chance you may not use that particular source.
The author, title, publisher, URL, and other information will be needed later when creating a bibliography.
The Aleph catalog also indexes the library's audio-visual holdings.
Use the library's electronic periodical databasesto find magazine and newspaper articles.
You then have to ensure that you have efficient and effective reading strategies, sound note-taking skills, and an ability to weigh-up the evidence so that you can commit to a position on the essay.
This essay, though short, is a critical component of your application.