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Where Do I Start?

timeResearch is a process:  it takes time to find the good stuff

  • Choose a topic that interests you.  Start with your textbook and course materials or advice from your professor.  Then browse reference sources, newspapers, or even Google for other ideas. 
  • Explore what kind of information is available.  See what others have published in books or periodical articles that you could develop into a topic.
  • Develop and use a Search Strategy:
    • Once you have identified a topic, write it as a question.
    • Think of as many words as you can to describe your topic. Add more words, subject headings, and descriptors that you find as you search.
    • Combine the terms for using Boolean searching techniques (AND, OR, NOT) to get more relevant sources
  • Be flexible:  Modify your topic as you discover more information.

The Research Pyramid

The Research Pyramid

Need help deciding what type of resource to use when? The Research Pyramid can help you tailor your sources to your information need.

(Author: Patrick Wohlmut - Teaching and Research Librarian, Linfield College.)

What is your question?

What is your question?  Try a variety of sources to see what is available to help you answer it.


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When doing research you will come across a lot of information from different types of sources. How do you decide which source to use? From tweets to newspaper articles, this tool provides a brief description of each and breaks down 6 factors to consider when selecting a source.


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