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An introduction to college-level research
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Beginning Your Research

Research is inquiry. Research is scholarly conversation. Research is exploration. And research is a process. Learning how to find and use credible and accurate information is a skill that you will use over and over in many different classes and is a skill that is valued by employers. 

Step 1. Develop Your Topic   Developing a good research question can sometimes be the most difficult part of the research process. Watch Developing a Research Topic.

Step 2. Search Strategies  What is a search term? Brainstorm for ideas. Watch Generating Search Terms.

Step 3. Find Credible Sources  Learn why library research databases are your best choice for college level research. Watch What Is a Library Database?

Step 4. Evaluate Your Sources  How can you tell if a source is reliable and appropriate for your assignment? Watch Evaluating Internet Sources.



Additional Resources

Need more specific information? Please consult the resources appropriate for you.

  • Faculty
    Faculty Resources and services to support the research and teaching needs of faculty and staff.
  • Graduate Students
    Graduate Student Survival Kit provides the information you'll need to begin your career as a graduate student and teaching assistant.
  • Community Patrons
    Community Patron Research Guide explains the services and resources available to community members on-campus and off-campus.

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