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Library Tutorials: Getting Started with Research

Turning a Research Question into a Research Strategy

The Research Process

Boolean Search Tips

A video on Boolean search tips from Penfield Library.

Steps to Developing a Topic

  • Select a topic
  • Develop research questions
  • Identify keywords
  • Find background information
  • Refine your topic

Topic Ideas

Can't think of a topic to research?  Try:

Tip:  Choose a topic that interests you and holds your attention.  If you do so, the research will be much more enjoyable!

 

Types of Information

There are many types of information available.  Each type has its place in your research.

Encyclopedias and dictionaries contain summaries, definitions and overviews of topics.  They're great for background research, but sometimes aren't acceptable as a source in your paper.  Be sure to check with your professor before listing them in your works cited page.

Books and E-Books are available through Summon, our search engine that looks through almost all of our resources, and through the library catalog.

Videos and images are available through Summon, our search engine that looks through almost all of our resources, and through the individual databases and through the Internet as well.

Articles from newspapers, magazines and journals are available through Summon, our search engine that looks through almost all of our resources, and through the individual databases.

Websites