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When you're starting your research, you don't always know the terminology being used in the "discussion" taking place. Doing some reading for background can give you not only a better understanding of a problem or issue, it can also clue you in to some of the terminology that is commonly being used in the conversation which can help you develop key words to use in your later searches of the professional literature.
To find newspapers to search online, the library has a very useful Newspaper Guide available. Newspaper articles can also be found in Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis Academic, and Academic OneFile, or by searching the 1Search search box on the library's home page.
Several useful HDFS reference works can be found listed on the HDFS LibGuide.
Here are a few other useful resources; you can probably think of more on your own.
Once you define the parameters of your problem, the next step is to find some research on the problem, and possibly some other kinds of programs that address it. The best way to do this is to use an article database. Here is a list of possibilities, depending on the subject you are investigating (health, education, social issues, etc.)
There are many more available to you than this, but these may be good places to start. If you need advice on what databases might be of most use to you, please contact Uta Hussong-Christian for help (contact info on first tab of course guide)
If the articles you find are not full text in the database and you need some assistance in locating them, look for the button on the page for help. For more information, you can refer to the OSU Libraries' How To Guide under the "Finding Articles" tab, or ask for assistance at the Information Desk.
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