Even the most experienced researchers need help from time to time. We’ve got you covered with resources and help for every step in the research process.
Choosing your topic is research, and you may need to adjust your topic as you go. Watch this video for more information.
For more help with the research process, try using the Research Project Calculator, a tool to help you set steps, make deadlines, and guides you through the research process.
Searching in library databases isn't easy, but having a search strategy in place before you begin really helps. Watch this video to learn how to develop these strategies.
To learn more about your topic, you'll need some background information. We have multiple databases you can use to find background information.
To find resources on your topic, try using this search.
For more help on choosing sources, watch this video about the different types of sources available and when you'd use them.
Here are some additional things that may help.
Evaluating sources is a critical step in the research process. Watch this video for tips on evaluating sources.
One way to evaluate sources is to use the CRAAP Test. Designed by California State University, Chico, the CRAAP Test measures a source's Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.
Watch this video for more information on how the CRAAP Test works.
We have many useful resources to help you cite, including guides for each citation style and the citation management software RefWorks.
If we don't have a resource you need, we can try to get it for you through Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan allows current students, faculty, and staff to borrow articles, books, and other research materials we do not own from other libraries.
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