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Research can seem intimidating at first. For each topic, the process will be slightly different, but there are a few basic steps that can help you through the research process. By following these simple steps, you will become a research expert equipped with the skills you need to locate articles for any paper or project. Remember, research is not a rigid process; many times it is more effective to move fluidly between steps than follow them in order.
Finding and Narrowing Your Topic
Research starts with a foundation of background knowledge and research on a particular topic. Use this research to identify key terms and concepts to narrow your topic and search terms. Click here for background resources and more information.
The library has subject specific librarians for every area of study, and those librarians have put together pages just for you! Here, you will find databases they recommend, along with reference material, websites, and various other research helps. To find topic specific databases and other resources recommended by your subject librarian, visit the subject guides!
On each subject guide, you will also find the subject librarians' contact information. If you ever feel like you could use a helping hand in finding specific articles or developing your topic, contact your subject librarian! You can send an email, give them a call, or set up an appointment to meet with them. Find your subject librarian's contact information by visiting the subject guides.