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Starting Point

  1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer.  Terms? People? Organizations? Places? Objects?
  2. Is is an argumentative topic? Are you taking a stand that someone could disagree with?
  3. List terms that best represent the main concepts of your topic. 
    For broad topics you will need to narrow your research. 
    • eating disorders > eating disorders and women > anorexia and women 
    • spouse abuse or domestic violence > this can be narrowed by gender of aggressor or victim, type of abuse, causes (drug abuse, income, employment, family history, anger management, etc.)

Research Databases

Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.


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Tip - If you like an article, be sure to e-mail it to yourself by clicking on the E-mail button, enter your e-mail address and a subject, then select APA as the Citation Format.    


Scholarly Articles

Limit your search results to "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" to find scholarly articles from journals.
To find case studies, add the keyword "study" to your search. 

Popular Magazine Article

Limit your search results to Magazines under "Source Types." 
If not enough, then click on Choose Databases, select Academic Search Complete.  Redo the search, limit your results to Full Text under "Refine your results" and to Magazines under "Source Types."

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APA Style

Video Introduction to APA (7 min)



Formatting a Research Paper in Microsoft Word




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