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Define the research question

Build strong search terms

Understand the language of research and libraries


Select Resources

Understand what else I can use other than Google

Understand how search engines work

Make a choice between using Google Scholar vs.

Use Google Scholar

Use Google Advanced search


Evaluate Resources

Evaluate Sources: CRAAP Test

Evaluating Websites

Know the difference between scholarly and popular articles

Research a literature review?



What is a Citation

Know when to cite

Know what to cite

Format a citation in a certain style (i.e., APA, MLA, Chicago)

Organize Citations (i.e., Zotero, Mendeley, End Note)


Avoid Plagiarism                                                                 

What is plagiarism

What does plagiarism look like

Risks of plagiarism

Tips for paraphrasing


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What's What

Articles are found in Journals.

Journals are found either by title or through Databases.

Databases are found by title or subject.

Library Subject Guides are a good place to start looking for information. Each of the over 80 guides lists resources that are the best for a given subject.

Databases A-Z list is good if you know the name of the database you want to use. 

eJournals A-Z list is good if you want to jump directly into a journal you want to use. Especially good if you have a citation and are trying to find a specific, known article.

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