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Sometimes when researching, we don't find enough search results that are relevant to our needs, and on very rare occasions, we don't get any results at all. When this happens, try the following steps:

  1. Look for sources that are doing what you want to do, even if it's talking about something else. For example, if you are comparing a graphic novel to a current-day soap opera but can't find a source that does that, try looking for sources that talk about the relationships between books and television. 
  2. Look for subject or discipline sources for your scholarly research, and ask about using non-scholarly sources for the materials that you are analyzing. For example, if you are examining the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower as it relates to mental health, but can't find any scholarly articles about the novel, look for scholarly articles about mental health. (But always check with your professor to make sure this is okay.)
  3. Use the Help options above because research can be confusing and complex, and you don't have to do it alone!

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