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Research with Library Resources (ENG 1B- Bynum)

Meet Poe the Panther Librarian


Poe the panther profile picI'm Poe, your virtual Panther Librarian! I'm here to help you with the research you will have to do for your upcoming assignments. I will be available to you throughout the semester- just add a comment to this discussion post, and I will answer your questions.

The following videos and tutorials will help you learn about performing research for your assignment. Please complete Steps 1-5 to complete the Library Research unit. The entire unit should take about 1-1.5 hours.

Here's some general library information to get us started:

What services  does the Library offer online?

overduin profile picWhich Librarian should I contact for help?

The Librarian for this course is Terezita Overduin! Feel free to reach out via email or Cranium Cafe. However, you can contact any librarian if Terezita is unavailable.

Terezita's introduction video on how to use this guide and examples on how to do research for Grimm's Fairy Tales

How to Research at Chaffey College

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Step 1- Develop your topic


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Step 2- Select Keywords

Example research question and keywords


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Step 3- Search the Library's Resources


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Step 4- Evaluate Results

refine results example


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Step 5- Search Again!

  • Research is about searching, evaluating your results, and then searching again, over and over
  • Try different databases and different keywords in different combinations
  • Keep track of what keywords are most helpful
  • Keep track of what databases are most helpful
  • Don't give up!! If you are feeling like there are no sources in the library's databases for you, contact a librarian


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Do you need to cite your sources?


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What can a Librarian help with?

  • Finding the best keywords
  • Figuring out how to use a database
  • Tips and tricks for using Google like a PRO!
  • Figuring out how and where to start researching
  • Evaluating websites, articles, books, etc.
  • Finding scholarly sources
  • A friendly ear to bounce ideas off of

Contact a Librarian

 mail icon      video chat iconVirtual Reference Desk (Cranium Cafe)

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