collage of ports

This site will be taken down June 30, 2018.

The Penn Online Research Tutorial (PORT) site was built with old software that is neither sustainable nor secure.
The pages have not been maintained, but they can be consulted for historical reference on the Internet Archive.
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Browsing for background information
Browsing is the process of quickly scanning a number of resources that are all related to one subject to get a sense of the information in them . A good way to identify major topics and issues in a particular subject is to browse through books, journals or reference works that are about that subject.
Where and how to look...
Books that are located in the same place in the library tend to have similar topics. Use Franklin to find a book that is appropriate for your research, then find where that book is in the library and browse through the books surrounding it.
One way to browse through journals of a discipline is to go to the E-Journals section of the library web page, click on the appropriate discipline, and then browse through journals that look appropriate for your subject. Alternatively, visit the current periodicals section of the library and browse through appropriate journals on the shelves.
Full-text periodical databases
You can quickly get a sense of what sorts of work have been done on a topic by searching a full-text online database. Once you have browsed through the articles and have a sense of what debates and issues are relevant to the topic, you may want to use a subject specific scholarly database for more in-depth searches. Use EBSCO MegaFILE to browse through journals and magazines.
Subject specific encyclopedias contain articles about topics that are central to a subject. By browsing through these articles you may find a topic that seems particularly appropriate for your research or learn information that will lead you to think of a topic.