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  Research Tips and Tutorials
Guides for starting your research, locating resources via the library, and using the information you find.

Table of Contents:

   Starting Your Research
  • Library 101 (.pdf)
    Anxious about using the Library? Here is a guide with some tips to help you get your research papers done quickly and painlessly.
  • How to Find Hot Topics
    Having trouble selecting a topic for your research paper? This guide will give you some suggestions and list resources that will help you select a topic and find background information on that topic at the same time.
  • Information Cycle (.pdf)
    Not sure what type of resources you need (books, websites, journals, etc.)? Learning about the information cycle can help you decide.
  • Primary Sources
    A selected list of online collections and historical newspapers that provide access to primary source materials.
Finding Resources
  • Internet Search Tools
    Links to selected search engines, comparisons of search engines, and website evaluation guides.
Evaluating Information Using the Information You Find
  • RefWorks Basics (.pdf)
    A one-page guide with directions for managing citations and creating bibliographies in RefWorks.

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