Beginning Monday, March 23, Hoover Library will be CLOSED until further notice. Virtual reference services (use the "ASK US" or "CHAT" button) will be available from 1 PM - 9 PM Sunday, 9 AM - 9 PM Monday-Thursday, and 9 AM - 4 PM Friday. Hours are subject to change at any time. Please see our Hours page for current building availability. For more information, see the McDaniel College COVID-19 Information Page Faculty: please see our COVID-19 Library Access page.
CUR 557 - Capstone Experience Development: Getting Started
This guide will help students working on their capstones to do a literature review or research a topic in CUR 557.
Welcome to the CUR 557 - Capstone Experience Development Guide!
The purpose of this guide is to:
Guide you through finding sources for your capstone experience
Direct you to useful tools and information for your capstone experience
Teach you research methodologies and information literacy skills
There are a number of tabs on the left side that will help you with throughout your research process.
Getting Started: Library Catalog Search
A good way to start is by searching in the library catalog for books, e-books, DVDs, and more by using this search box:
You can also browse the shelves to find books related to your topic. To find books you're looking for, locate the tag on the end of each book shelf that indicates the number range of the books on that shelf.
More Places to Find Background Information
Don't feel like you know enough about your topic to start searching for sources yet? Try one of these:
Provides user-generated content, meaning anyone can edit Wikipedia articles--including you! It's a great place to start for background information and to get ideas for keywords to later search, but you will want to head towards more scholarly sources once you've finished your background information search.