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Essentials of Library Research

Helps you define your topic, find books and articles, evaluate the information you find, and cite your sources.

Using This Guide

  1. Choosing Your Topic 

A good paper starts with a well defined topic. Check out the resources on Choosing Your Topic to brainstorm, narrow or broaden your topic, and break your topic in to keywords or search terms.

Floor with compass arrows  2. Finding Books & Articles

You have a topic, so what's next? Finding Books & Articles will give you the info you need to get started navigating the library's article databases and catalog.

Two students evaluating information  3. Evaluating Information

You'll want to use the best sources to back up your argument. Evaluating Information will help you identify a scholarly source, demystify peer-review, and evaluate the quality of your sources.

Sign reading "Citation Needed"  4. Citing Sources

MLA? APA? Chicago? We've got you've covered! The resources on the Citing Sources page will guide you through parts of a citation, citation styles, and our favorite citation generators.