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Center for Academic Excellence: Research Resources

The Center for Academic Excellence and the University Writing Center are home to all your academic support needs.

Resources for Your Research

When starting research, make sure you have enough background in the broader topic to be able to put your narrower focus in context.

Sources for background include:

  • Course notes
  • Your textbook
  • Encyclopedias, which often provide both an overview and a list of recommended reading.

For possible encyclopedias, check the Library's Subject Guide: General and click on the Background tab.  Or ask a librarian!



There are hundreds of databases that index and/or contain journal articles.  For search tools that focus on your discipline, check Subject Resources Guide.

For large, general resources, try:

To actually find the article, if it's not in the database you're searching, click on "Find Article," and follow the suggestions.

To find a book that Drew owns, use the Library Catalog.  

If you're looking for a specific book, use Advanced Search, and enter the title or author of the work:

If you're looking for books about a topic, use Keyword Search:

When you've located items in the Drew Library Catalog, note the level (in the record above, Level D) and the call number (HD6955.F584 2015), which you can use to find the book itself.

Check the Drew Library page, Evaluating Resources, for guidance on selecting, judging and fact-checking your sources.

Getting Help

You can, during Research Help Desk hours,

  • Chat with a reference librarian
  • Email the Research Help Desk at
  • Call the Research Help Desk (973-408-3481)
  • Come by the Research Help Desk
  • Make an appointment with a subject specialist

Questions? Need Help? Email

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