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How to Research at Chaffey College: Step by Step

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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

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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

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