Here you'll find some resources to help get started on the fun and sometimes challenging journey of research. Your Peer Research Advisors are here to help you answer any and all questions related to research, source selection or source citation.We embrace a no-judgment policy in our little corner. There are no stupid questions! Stop by our desk in the Learning Commons or check out some online quick reference resources below.
Having trouble starting your research? Check out these general resources:
As your Peer Research Advisors, we work with the Subject Liaison Librarians at Collins Library to help you find the best resources for your project, essay, report or thesis.
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Subject encyclopedias, handbooks and overviews are scholarly, tertiary works written by experts on a variety of topics. The articles are typically longer and more detailed than those found in general encyclopedias. The background information provides a good starting point as you begin the research process. These resources can help you with:
In Collins Library, the print reference collection is located on the first floor, and most of the online reference collection is available in one of the three databases listed below. Use Puget Sound WorldCat to identify subject encyclopedias in either format; or ask a librarian for recommendations.
Hi! My name is Lindsey, and I'm one of the Peer Research Advisors for the 2017/18 academic year. This is my junior year at UPS! I also have Attention Deficit Disorder - so I'm no stranger to procrastination! If you're also a disabled student, and want tips and tricks on how to stay focused or find what you're looking for, I'm always happy to help. I can also assist neurotypical students, of course! If you just want to drop by and talk about Star Wars, I'm available for that too. My favorite books include (but are not limited to): David Mitchell's Black Swan Green, Steve Silberman's Neurotribes, Markus Zuzak's The Book Thief, and E. K. Johnston's Ahsoka.
HI! My name is Julia and I'm the Peer Research Specialist for the 2017-2018 school year, which means I do double-duty as a Peer Research Advisor and working in the Archives and Special Collections. I'm a junior here at UPS, and I'm also on the ski team and the Panhellenic Executive Council. Right now, I'm working on finishing Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton biography, and I also enjoy reading about the American education system. If you need help finding any library resources, navigating Primo, or exploring the Archives and Special Collections, I can help you out!
I'm Marcelle and I'm a Peer Research Advisor for the 2017/18 academic year. I am a junior at UPS, and I play on the volleyball team. My favorite things to do are read and watch TV. My favorite book of all time is definitely Harry Potter, but right now some other favorites of mine are Dune by Frank Herbert and A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. If you have any questions related to research or sources, come stop by our little corner in the learning commons! Of course, you can also stop by anytime to nerd out over a book because there's a 75% chance I've read it.