In this section, you will learn about conducting research using library resources and materials. You will learn how to choose a strong topic, develop an effective search strategy, choose Library resources, evaluate articles and books, and cite the materials you choose to use in your final paper or project.
If you have any questions about how to use the tool and resources included here, please contact your librarian.
Remember, it's a cycle...
Your topic may change as you conduct research. Don't be afraid to revisit it!
2. Develop your search strategy
Before you start searching in library resources, make sure you know what to search for, where, and how!
3. Find resources and information
Locate scholarly articles and books on your topic. Going through the Library to do this will make your life easier!
Make sure the articles you find are: current, relevant to your topic, written by an expert author and for a scholarly audience, and written for the purpose of furthering the scholarly conversation (not for personal or financial gain).
Determine how each article or book sheds new light on your topic. What information do you learn from each resource that you didn't have before?
It's not a straight path...
Research is challenging. You will likely have to repeat every step in the process multiple times. Don't get discouraged if your first topic turns out to be too broad, or if your early searches don't turn up any information. But by starting out with a plan, and keeping a Librarian on call, you can avoid frustration.
Research: The process of gathering information that can serve as evidence to back up an argument. Good research may not confirm the expectations you have about your topic when you start out.