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ELI 77: Language Lab

This Guide Will Help You To......

Form an approach to research your topic:
Identify the use of information sources based on the type of information (i.e. books for background / journal articles for scholarly conversations)

Understand how to properly use keywords from a research question or statement to search.


Distinguish differences between popular and scholarly articles.

Explore the library's information resources.

Library Research: Colombia & the United States

Usually taking a structured approach when researching can help you to organize your ideas and improve the way you think about using information sources:  

Step #1. Explore the basics about your research topic  (casual web searching)
Step #2. Learn specific background information about your research topic (library catalog: books)
Step #3. Read current / specific information about your research topic (library databases: scholarly communications via journal articles)
Step #4. Support your research hypothesis with backing information (source citation)
Medellin Library
by Olivia Wyman