1. Visit your librarian!
Librarians are available to help you build your research skills throughout your time at Swarthmore. Please don't hesitate to contact me about an appointment or send questions via email (selichk1).
2. When identifying primary sources, start with who.
If you identify an area of interest that you'd like to research further, think about who might create some kind of primary source that you could analyse and how they might communicate or express their ideas. For example, if you're interested in how the family is defined, could blogs written by individuals who've decided not to have children offer an interesting perspective? What about articles in popular women's magazines on this same topic - who is the presumed audience for these articles?
3. Find the scholarly conversation.
When you're trying to find scholarly secondary sources, pay attention to the articles, books, and authors cited in the works you find. Scholars build on one another's work. Try using Google Scholar to see who has cited an article or book that interests you - you can often find more recent relevant works that way.
4. Can't find the book or article right away? Expand your reach beyond the Tri-College Libraries.
If you come across a citation for a book or article that you can't get through Tripod, you can get it for free through the Library by requesting it: