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Starting Your Research Assignment

Which database to start with? Where are the books? Can a librarian help? Here are some quick tips and suggestions to help you get started with your writing assignments.

McDermott Library at the University of Texas at Dallas


McDermott Library Hours

Hours vary for intersession, summer and other holidays. Check the Library Hours web site or call the Information Desk at (972) 883-2955.

Upcoming Library Workshops

McDermott Library offers tours, Write on Site worshops and much more.

McDermott Library EReserves

Course Reserves provides access to materials that faculty have set aside for student use in support of class curricula. Reserve materials can include books, book chapters, journal articles, old exams, films, professor's notes, and homework solutions necessary for course work. The Library maintains both traditional print Reserves and electronic Reserves.

Where Are the Journals?

Use the Library's Journals website to locate journals.

EBooks for EReaders

McDermott Library has subscribed to Overdrive, a service which provides items for a Kindle/Nook eReader, mobile device, tablet or PC/laptop.

Your Library Assignment

Research Librarians are here to help. Call, click or come in.

Starting Points

Evaluating Web Sources

Remember, on much of the World Wide Web there are no editors to decide what can and cannot be posted. Anyone can put anything on the general Web, but the information is not always useful or accurate. Evaluating your resources is always important, but for some websites, it is critical.

Understanding Primary Sources

A primary source is a first-hand account of an event, time period, or philosophical era.

A mixture of sources produces a more substantial paper - use primary and secondary; scholarly and popular; paper and electronic; ideas and artifacts; fact and fiction, etc. 

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Writing Your Paper

Here are some citation and writing resources suggested by the Librarians.

In person assistance is also available