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INDS 580: Directed Studies Research

This guide offers tips for leveraging library resources to complete the background research section of the Directed Studies Research project.

US Government Resources

Official web portal for all US Government agencies and resources.


There is an association for just about every product or industry. You can get access to publications and experts.

Try to find key associations for your subject area. Just combine a topic with the word association. Examples: snowboarding association or skiing association.

You can also identify associations who will be quoted in news stories, trade publications, and scholarly literature.

Product Catalogs

Don't miss out on the information in manufacturers' product catalogs. You will find useful images, dimensions, and descriptions.

You may have the name of a company already. If not, try one of the sources below.