How to Research

How to Use This Guide

Welcome to the How to Research Guide! This guide will walk you through the steps involved in the research process. While the guide focuses on research papers, you can use the different elements to assist you in finding sources for a project, speech, or other assignment. Use the tabs above for more information on the following steps:

Picture of Top of Books on Shelf• Develop a Topic: Identify a topic and begin to plan out your paper and research steps
• Find Information: Figure out what types of sources you need and where to search for them
• Peer-Reviewed Sources: Find out more about peer-reviewed or scholarly sources and how to locate them
• Evaluate Your Sources: Learn how to identify credible and relevant sources
• Cite Your Sources: Access info on citing sources and using NoodleTools or RefWorks
• Ask Us: Contact for more help

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Library Research Tutorials

You can find video tutorials on general research, specific databases, citations styles and more on our Library Research Tutorials page