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 research papers or projects.
If you have any questions about how to use the tools and resources included here, please contact your librarian!
Remember, it's a cycle...
1. Think of a topic link will open in a new window
Your topic may change as you conduct research. Don't be afraid to revisit it!
For help browsing topics in Drama, check out the Topic Finder in InfoTrac Fine Arts and Music Collection. Link will open in a new window.
2. Develop your search strategy link will open in a new window
Before you start searching in library resources, make sure you know what to search for, where, and how!
For help developing your search strategy, check out this great video! Link will open in a new window
3. Find resources and information link will open in a new window
Locate scholarly articles and books on your topic. Going through the Library to do this will make your life easier!
4. Evaluate link will open in a new window
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).
Learn more about evaluating articles in the Evaluation section Link will open in a new window of this guide.
5.Cite it! link will open in a new window
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?
You can learn more in the Citations section Link will open in a new windowof this guide, or check out Purdue University's Online Writing LabLink will open in a new window for examples and templates.
It's not a straight path...
Research is challenging. You may have to repeat every step in the process a few times. Don't get frustrated if your first topic turns out to be too broad, or if your early searches don't turn up any information. By starting out with a plan, and keeping a Librarian on call, you can avoid frustration.