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Shenandoah University

Research Basics: Where Do I Start?

The nuts and bolts of college-level research, with links, tips, and explanations.

This guide will help you navigate library resources and offer valuable research tips.

  1. Read your assignment carefully.
  2. Select your topic and form a question about that topic.
  3. Start with the general and then narrow to the more specific.
  4. Find background information about the topic then look into more specific resources about your topic, books, and journal articles.
  5. Record what you find and where you find it.
  6. Evaluate what you find.
  7. Cite what you find using a standard format. Your instructor will let you know which format to use.