Research is a multi-step undertaking that includes selection, exploration, collection, and presentation; for many of your assignments, you will need to use different resources and search strategies as you progress. Use the tabs on this page for more information about each stage in the process.
Choose an area of inquiry or research question to address.
Use the information you obtain to narrow your focus or refine your research question. Often, your topic will change as you move from an initial topic into an exploration of the resources available on your topic. Choose particular resources you would like to search, and then identify possible search terms you will use to locate materials within those resources.
Organize the resources you have collected, making sure you have all the necessary information to properly cite the resources you use.
If you need help at any point during your research process, or with any of the specific resources or research steps listed above, Librarians are here to assist you. We offer one-on-one research consultations, which you can book online through LibCal.
Monday – Thursday: 9am - 4:30pm
Friday: 9am – 12:30pm
Closed: Saturday and Sunday
Off-campus access to most of these resources is available. In order to use these resources from home, you will need a barcode number and a PIN number. You must create a PIN number before you can use our proxy server for off-campus access to the library's electronic resources. Help with this process is available.