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Step 1:Background Information.After you identifyyour research topic and some keywords that describe it, find andreadarticles in subject encyclopedias (not Wikipedia).Credo Reference(see link in theGetting Started box below)contains 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 CMS citations. You may be able to copy and paste the citations into your tentative "Bibliography" page. Be sure to check the accuracy with an expert source (seeWriting & Citingtab).
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