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Research Basics

You've got your topic and are ready to dive into your research... right?

Resist that temptation and take time to plan your research first. With so many options, it can be hard to know where to look first. Start here, and discover how to conduct scholarly research using the library's many resources. 

Save time by looking in the right places.

This guide will show you how to:

The library has thousands of books, online journals, and e-books, all selected by Professional Librarians to support your research. Use reference resources (link to Research Flow Chart) such as dictionaries and encyclopedias to get a general understanding of your topic. Delve deeper with books and scholarly journals  and develop your research question and thesis.

Still tempted to go to the Web? These tips will help you get more out of Google.

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