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SLS 1106 First Year Experience Orientation - Mullen: The Research Process

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Follow These Steps

Why Use a Library?

College-level research involves using a variety of resources to find information that is reliable and relevant to the topic. Most of the research you will do in college involves using academic or scholarly resources available from your campus library. Many of these materials - including encyclopedias, articles, book chapters, and videos - are available online from the library's website.

It is important to know that there is a difference between casual, everyday research using the "free" Web or reading the local paper, and more scholarly research using library resources. This video from Hartness Library System explains.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • The research process is not linear!
    • You will go back and forth at different times.
  • Work from the general to the specific.
  • For your search terms, think of keywords and phrases, not whole sentences, that describe your topic.

  • Keep a preliminary bibliography of each item you find:

  • Include the subject, the source that you found (book, article, website, etc.), and a note about it or quotation from it.

    • Record your notes in a consistent format, and keep them all in one place (online, on your device or on paper).

    • Stay organized to save time and frustration.

  • Look! When using Library tools, look closely at the screen to find useful tools, such a: citing help, translator, MP3 audio, etc.

  • When you need help, Ask a Librarian!