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

Research Fundamentals : Home

  Why Use the Library?

Web search engines such as Google are convenient for quickly finding information that is freely available online. 


  • Much of the most valuable and important material is not free.  
  • Web search engines offer limited search options.

Library databases:

  • Offer flexible search options that help you to quickly identify the best content on your topic. 
  • Link to the full text or to options for quickly obtaining the full text at no cost.
  • Help you to manage your content and cite it properly.

Checklist for Research

  • Express your research topic in the form of a statement or a question and identify pertinent keywords
  • Determine the type and amount of information you need
  • Select the appropriate research tools.
  • Search the research databases effectively to retrieve relevant results
  • Evaluate search results and refine your search if necessary
  • Get the full text of the materials you need
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues involved in use of the materials you have collected
  • Cite your sources

Need help?

If you've gone through this guide and find that you need additional help, please contact us!

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The Ask-A-Librarian page provides a variety of ways you can get in touch with us here at the library.

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