When you begin a research project, it is a good idea to take a moment to reflect on your prior knowledge of the topic area. How much do you already know about this topic? How confident are you in moving forward with this topic? In most cases, you will need to do a bit of research to get some general information on your topic.
A great way to gather background information is through searching reference materials. Reference materials such as Encyclopedias and Dictionaries are arranged alphabetically and contain a general overview of a term or subject matter.
The library has access to encyclopedias and dictionaries in print and online through particular databases.
If you would like to access online resources, you can do that through the library’s databases. Click on the Databases tab on the library homepage. You can then browse alphabetically for a specific database or browse by discipline (subject matter) for a list of databases that fit the criteria.
When browsing by discipline, consider your topic’s subject matter. Does it relate to sports or education? Is it science based or have a sociological impact? For your topic related to the subject of disability, you will see a list of databases below that may be helpful. Keep in mind your subtopics. Is it education related? It is medical related? Read the summary below each database name to see which ones will serve your needs the best.
***You can also check out items at Hartwick College with your SUNY Oneonta ID card.***