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Conclusion - Some Final Thoughts

You've come to the end of this guide to Research at the IU Northwest Library. While this is not the best and last word in research, it should serve as an introduction for you. Most important of all, always remember to ask a librarian for assistance whenever it is needed. They are the best resource in the library.


When doing library research, it's important to remember to:

  • Start your research as early as possible. If you wait until the last minute, you won't be able to utilize the full resources and services of the library.
  • Think of a topic first, then think about your topic and try to have a general idea of what you want to say.
  • Use the reference collection to get started, using a subject specific encyclopedia, dictionary or other reference guide when possible. The reference collection can also provide you with supplementary material, statistics and references to other important works on your subject.
  • Use the online catalog to locate books on your subject. Use the LCSH to help decide what subject headings to use when searching the catalog.
  • Use appropriate periodical indexes to locate articles in journals on your subject. Be sure to check the online catalog to see if the periodicals are held in the IU Northwest Library.
  • Use ILL for important articles or books not held locally, and be sure allow plenty of time for the item to be procurred for you. Don't forget to factor in enough time for us to get you the item(s) you need.
  • Don't be afraid to repeat steps, and always try to find more materials than you think you'll need.
  • If you don't find many materials dealing specifically with your subject, ask a librarian. If necessary, you may need to broaden your research topic.