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Some information you may need for your topic might not be available in journal or book form. The following is a list of other places to look for information.

Campus Departments

Campus departments also have information about the institution where you attend school. A staff member on campus may able to put you in touch with a contact person who will be able to provide the information you seek. Inquire on campus or consult the institution's online site or a phone directory.

Conference Proceedings, Working Papers and Dissertations

These are helpful as are radio and television transcripts. These sources are normally acquired by the researcher through interlibrary loan and may be difficult for less experienced searchers to locate. A professional librarian may need to be consulted when using these sources.

Directories

Directories such as the phonebook are another area to explore for information. The government and business sections are often helpful.

Government Publications

The United States government is a publisher of information on all topics. Specific departments and agencies publish information and make it available to the public. State and local government information is also available.

You may find what you are looking for by either going to a specific website URL or using government documents in the collections housed in the HELIN Consortium.  To find an use government document, consult a reference librarian.

Pamphlet Files

Many libraries keep current information on various topics in a pamphlet file. These materials are timely and are not usually cataloged so they will not appear when you search in the online catalog. If you are interested in whether your topic is available please consult a librarian at the reference desk.

Professional Associations and Organizations

These exist on nearly every interest you may comprehend. There are a multitude of groups to be explored. Associations and organizations often publish their own newsletters and maintain their own newsletters and/or maintain a web site. An excellent resource for finding information about associations and organizations is:

Encyclopedia of Associations and Organizations

Special Collections

Special library collections whether public or private hold information of interest to the researcher. Historical information held in archival collections is often atypical of other collections. Audiovisual collections are another source to consult. You may call your affiliated library to discuss your research needs

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