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Quick Research Guide

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Steps for Conducting College Research

  • Choose a topic.
    • Narrow or broaden the topic as needed.
  • Identify the keywords for your research question.
    • Before you begin searching, you'll need to locate the most important word to use.
  • Find information.
    • Use the online catalogs and article databases.
  • Evaluate what you find.
    • Evaluation includes criteria such as authority, accuracy, and lack of bias.
  • Narrow or broaden the topic as needed.
    • Evaluation includes criteria such as authority, accuracy, and lack of bias.
  • Avoid plagiarism.
    • Observe academic ethical standards.
    • Keep track of what information from what source.
    • Use our Plagiarism Guide.
  • Cite accurately.
    • Use our Citation Style Guides and other library resources.

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