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Introduction to Library Research

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This Guide was created by Carolyn Swidrak (retired).

Welcome to Introduction to Library Research!

This guide is designed to answer the question:  How do I start my research?

Some simple steps for doing research are:

  • Read your assignment carefully
  • Pick your topic 
  • Find information
  • Evaluate the information
  • Cite your sources

Use the tabs on this page to help you with your research. 

There are also some helpful videos on picking your topic, peer-reviewed articles, evaluating resources and citing your sources.

Ask a Librarian!

Feel free to ask a librarian for help at any point along the way.  We are available, knowledgeable, and eager to help!