Psy 227 - Research Guide - Reference Sources
If you're just starting a research project and you're specifically looking for background information, you're going to want to use reference sources.
Reference sources include dictionaries, atlases, directories, almanacs, guide books, statistical compilations, and encyclopedias. For academic projects, you'll often consult academic encyclopedias. The Library has thousands of online academic encyclopedias that are easily searchable. You can find and search them all on our website or by searching our Library catalog.
The Library also has a collection of print reference books on the main floor in the Library. These print titles are usually unavailable online. Reference books are for in-library use only (meaning you can't check them out and take them home), but we do have a very fast scanner where you can scan the pages you need and then save them or email them to yourself.
With the topic for your first lab report (birds), some of the key works on that subject are going to be available only in print.
The Birds of North America: Life Histories for the 21st Century, Reference, Call Number: QL 681.B57 1992
This book provides an in-depth profile ("species accounts") of the 716 bird species that breed in the US and Canada. This is THE resource on birds. Helpfully, for you, each profile includes information about the diet and foraging habits of each species. Additionally, each profile includes references to additional readings on each species. This is a great - and smart - way to jump start your research.
Birds of Oregon: A General Reference, Reference, Call Number: QL 684.O6 B56 2006
This book profiles the 486 bird species in Oregon. Although each bird is not covered as extensively as it is in The Birds of North America, most profiles do include information about the diet and foraging habits of a bird species.