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Step 1:Background Information.After you identifyyour research topic and some keywords that describe it, find andreadarticles in subject encyclopedias.Credo Referencecontains items that will help you understand the context (historical, cultural, disciplinary) of your topic. Background information is the foundation supporting further research. Class textbooks also provide definitions of terms and background information.
Step 2:Dig Deeper.Exploit the citations within background information articles to dig deeper into your subject. Bring the keywords toAcademic Search CompleteorJSTORdatabases to develop your research further. At this stage ask questions of the information specialists (librarians) to be sure you are in the right resource and using effective research strategies.
Step 3:Take Notes.Take good notes as youread.You will save time if you take notes that are in your own words (paraphrasing).
Step 4:Create Citations. Locate citation tools within the databases to help you create your citations. You may be able to copy and paste the citations into your tentative "Bibliography" page.
Credo is an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Includes materials from over 650 reference books on a variety of topics in higher education, including art, business, history, languages, literature, science, criminal justice, and political science.
Picking a topic: 5 votes (8.77%)
Narrowing my topic down: 15 votes (26.32%)
Forming a research question: 3 votes (5.26%)
Finding sources: 5 votes (8.77%)
Picking out good sources: 6 votes (10.53%)
Organizing my information: 10 votes (17.54%)
Writing citations: 5 votes (8.77%)
Writing my paper: 8 votes (14.04%)
Total Votes: 57
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