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FSEM 100: The Spirit of Travel

This guide is designed for the First Year Seminar: Spirit of Travel course. Refer to the resources to help you with your research.


Welcome to the research guide for FSEM 100: The Spirit of Travel!

This guide describes databases and research tools that you can use to find sources at the duPont-Ball Library and on the web, as well as search tips and information about library services.

The library is here to support you in all your research endeavors. As always, get in touch with a librarian and we'll be happy to answer any questions or provide additional help.

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Find Background Information

Consider using encyclopedias and other reference sources when you begin researching a topic. Some encyclopedias will provide more in-depth information than others, but any general encyclopedia is a good source to consult for background information of your chosen subject area. Most encyclopedias provide:

  • Main concepts, including names, dates, places
  • Keywords and subject terms related to topic
  • Lists of related articles or additional resources 

Popular Databases


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