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HOW TO BEGIN RESEARCH

  • Compile a list of subject key words. You will use them when researching
  • Think of synonyms (words that mean the same thing)
  • Check the spelling. Searching in the library catalog or databases won’t correct misspelled words.
  • Start Small. Find between 5-10 resources that match your subject. Analyze these sources for your paper before gathering more.
  • Create a rough outline. Based on the information you have already collected, write down a summary of what you want to cover in your paper.

WHERE TO LOOK FOR INFORMATION

When should I use books?

  • For in-depth overviews or historical background on a subject.
  • Look for books using the Catalog.

When should I use a database?

  • For scholarly research articles that give specific case data or recent developments in a subject area.
  • Access databases from the Useful Links bar in the Catalog.

When should I use the Internet?

  • For demographic statistics or VERY current information that has not yet been published academically.