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Scholarly Research: An Introductory Guide: START HERE!


Welcome to this guide to scholarly research at the College of William & Mary.


Every discipline regularly conducts scholarly research to find prior scholarship, data, primary sources, and other resources on which to build new scholarship.


This research guide introduces you to the basic process for scholarly research.  Please also visit our many other research guides -- for specific disciplines and specific courses.


For help in finding and using scholarly resources, please contact Swem Library's Research Desk.







SWEM - Name

Who was Earl Gregg Swem, for whom Swem Library is named?

SWEM - Name
W&M's college president, 1850-1870s: 1 votes (11.11%)
W&M's head librarian,1920-1940s: 8 votes (88.89%)
a W&M alumnus who was a classmate of Thomas Jefferson: 0 votes (0%)
Rector of the College during the mid-20th century: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 9


Which of the following is NOT a way to contact Swem Library's Research Librarians?

in person at the Research Desk: 0 votes (0%)
schedule an appointment: 0 votes (0%)
telephone: 0 votes (0%)
yodeling: 5 votes (83.33%)
instant message / chat: 0 votes (0%)
email: 0 votes (0%)
texting: 1 votes (16.67%)
Total Votes: 6


What one of the following types of material will you NOT find by searching William & Mary's library catalog?

government documents: 2 votes (40%)
rare books: 0 votes (0%)
journal articles: 1 votes (20%)
electronic books: 0 votes (0%)
maps: 1 votes (20%)
videos: 0 votes (0%)
books: 0 votes (0%)
journal holdings (which journals we own & which years): 1 votes (20%)
Total Votes: 5

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