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GEL 111: Introduction to Geology

This Research Guide provides information about geology and natural science resources found in the CCCC libraries and online.

What This Section is All About

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 tools ands resources included here, please contact your librarian!

The Research Process: Science

Remember, it's a cycle... 


Thought Bubble Icon1. 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!


Open Book Icon2. 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!


Documents Icon3. 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!


Check List Icon4. 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).


Quotation Mark Icon5.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?


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.

 

Library Lingo

Research: The process of gathering information that can serve as evidence to back up your argument.  Good research may not confirm what you think you know about your topic when you start out.  

5 Steps to Better Research

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This Interactive Tutorial link will open in a new window from Colorado State University link will open in a new window will help you practice research techniques and learn about the research process.

Help!

Need a little extra help?

Contact your librarian. 

Or use the links below to get more in-depth help and information.