Get Started Researching


Need help getting started with your library research process? We've outlined the research process steps below. We also have guides on using the library and researching specific topics.

Step 1. Choose a Research Topic & Make a Plan

Step 2. Find Background Information

Step 3. Develop a Search Strategy

Step 4. Find Books and Articles

Step 5. Evaluate Your Sources

Step 6. Cite your Sources

Step 7. Write Your Paper & Get Peer Feedback


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My Research Strategy

The "My Research Strategy" tool will walk you through the steps of creating a research strategy for your specific topic.

Advanced Research Tools

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