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ENWR 1510 UVA Research Resources

Research resources for students looking for information about and history of the University of Virginia

Looking for research resources about Charlottesville? See the ENWR 1510 Charlottesville Research Resources companion guide. 

Preparing for Research

In preparation for your research project, you will need to think about some possible questions to start your research about the University of Virginia. You will also want to spend some time thinking about how you will conduct your research. 

  • Fine-tune your searches.
    Think broadly when brainstorming search terms. What synonyms or related terms could stand in for your key search terms?
    You can combine search terms using AND ("University of Virginia" AND race) and OR: (park OR "recreation area") AND ("University of Virginia" OR UVA) 
    In many databases, the asterisk (*) is a truncation or "wildcard" symbol  that will match all possible endings for a word stem. For example, enslave* will match with enslave, enslaved, enslavement, etc. 
    Most databases have filters or facets that allow you to narrow your results by subject, date range, etc. Limit your searches to help you find the sources you need. 

     
  • Think about where you might find the type of information you are seeking.​
    Will you find the research you need in an book? An article? A newspaper? A letter, manuscript, or university records in Special Collections or UVA Archives? An interview? Cast a wide net when looking for the types of resources that could help answer your research questions or support an argument you are thinking of making.

     
  • Know the difference between academic and non-academic sources, and when it's appropriate to use them.
    Most databases allow you to limit results to academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed sources. Be mindful of your assignment and what you're being asked to provide. Need a refresher? Watch the short video Peer Review in 3 Minutes.

     
  • When you find a good source, use it to find other good sources. 
    Use the subject terms and keywords associated with an item to find other items on similar topics. Scholarly books and articles will have works cited, bibliographies, or footnotes you can mine for additional resources. 

Need help? Contact Sherri or Ask a librarian.  

UVA Special Collections Digital Exhibits

Look through current and past exhibits of materials from UVA's Special Collections on their Exhibitions Page. Not all exhibits have/had a digital component, but some do - click on More Info to see if a digital exhibit is available. Below are a few examples of past exhibits that might be of interest. 

Digital Collections - Oral Histories, Exhibits, Sites

These are just a handful of UVA-related online resources that may be of interest. See Researching the University of Virginia guide for more sources.