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Research Fundamentals: K. Kharpertian

A guide to print and online resources for starting your research.

Topic Overviews

For help writing a thesis statement, choosing research tools, and developing keywords, visit the Plan tab on this guide.

Next, think about using one of the topic overviews highlighted below to learn more your subject. These guides usually present both sides of an argument.

Research Materials - Kinds and Evaluation

Interdisciplinary Search Engines

These search engines are useful for most research projects because they cover many different subjects. If you'd like to use a discipline specific search engine, visit one of the Subject Guides created by our subject specialists.

Citing your Sources

Check our pages on avoiding plagiarism and citations and bibliography.

Your instructor will generally specify the preferred citation style for your class.  Commonly used citation guides include:

  • APA  (American Psychological Association) Social Sciences and Business
  • MLA (Modern Languages Association). Humanities
  • ASA (American Sociological Assocation, Quick Style Guide)


The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is an extraordinary resource for all aspects of paper writing, including citation and bibliography.  The Site Map is a good place to begin.

  • APA (Purdue OWL)
  • MLA (Purdue OWL)

These links used by kind permission of the Purdue Online Writing Lab.