Broaden or narrow a research statement or question based on research interest and resources found.
Search subject specific databases to identify journal articles on a topic.
Request materials not owned by the library using Interlibrary Loan when warranted.
Search for sources using a citation or bibliography.
Critically evaluate sources based on disciplinary standards.
Choose most appropriate source types to support an argument or outline a topic in a long research paper or other assignment.
Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
Strategically select from a variety of source types to support an argument or outline a topic in a long research paper or other assignment.
Cite sources using a citation style appropriate for the discipline if one exists.
Recognize issues of intellectual property and copyright.
Taking a basic research approach early on may help you to start exploring facts, opinions/arguments/questions, and the relevancy and quality of sources that you discover. This guide is organized to address each of the following: