Start Your Research Project with Proven Tips & Tools!
What Topic Should I Research?
- Check assignment details from your professor for:
- the scope of the project
- the type of information required or suggested
- the format of the project (e.g., presentation, paper, etc.)
- Ask a librarian for topic ideas related to your interests.
- Get topic suggestions from:
- Focus your topic on a specific and manageable aspect that interests you:
- time period or geographical area
- problem, viewpoint, issue, or trend
- group affected by the topic
What Topic Words Are Best for Online Information Searches?
- Select nouns as your primary search words.
(examples: person, place, or thing)
- Start searching with 1 - 3 words or phrases.
- Add the word – and – between search words.
(example: women and veterans)
- Put “quotes” around specific phrases.
(example: women and veterans and "mental health")
- Limit results by adding words to your search.
(example: women and veterans and "mental health" and "United States")
- Increase results by removing words from your search.
(example: women and "mental health")
Where Do I Search for Information?
Note: For off-campus access, enter the barcode number on your college ID/ library card. Or request a library card barcode number.
- Start your research with some articles from our multi-topic databases.
- Find controversial topics in these databases.
- Use digital books online and library books on the shelf to get background details on your topic.
- Discover statistics to prove your point on a topic.
- Get streaming video to enhance your presentation.
- Discover specialized sources with databases by subject for literature, health, business, and more.
- Locate reliable sources on the Internet with unique details for your project.
How Do I Select Sources and Organize Them?
How Do I Cite My Sources?
How Do I Format Research Papers?
- APA (Microsoft Word 2016)
- MLA (Microsoft Word 2016)
- Chicago from the Chicago Manual of Style CMOS Shop Talk