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