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One Book One College 2012 - 2013: Getting Started

Research tips for One Book One College assignments

Notable Reference Titles for [insert subject here]

Reference titles are a great place to start if you are still looking for a topic.  They provide short, concise entries of information and will often contain a userful bibliography to lead you to other resources in your discipline.  Below is a sample of reference titles in [insert subject here].

Notable General Reference Titles

The Research Process

The Research Process:
1.   Develop your Research Topic:

2.   Select Keywords from your Research Topic:

  • Use Keywords for searching for Books/eBooks and the Article Databases.
  • How many Sources do you need and do they have to be Scholarly or Popular Sources?

3.   Search the Library Catalog to find Books & eBooks:

  • Books & eBooks provide background research.
  • Background research gives you an overview and helps you to understand the main topic points.

4.   Search the Library's Databases to find Articles:

  • Add Keywords to focus your search so that your topic is not too broad or too narrow.
  • Getting too many results? Try narrowing your search by publication date range, so you get the most current results.
  • Keep track of your sources and citations as you find them.

5.   Evaluate your Sources:

  • Ask yourself, do the Sources fit your Research Topic?
  • Are they scholarly or popular sources that fit the assignment requirements?

6.   Create your Works Cited or Reference page:

  • A Works Cited or Reference page list your sources and citations.
  • It shows where you got the information to support your Research Topic and gives credit to that person or organization.
  • It also shows that you did not plagiarize or copy someone else's work.

Need help? Ask a Librarian, we are always here to help you with your research assignments. 

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