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Before you begin your research there a a few things to reflect upon and determine:
- What is the nature of the assignment? Is it a paper, project, or presentation?
- Have you been assigned a topic or do you need to develop one?
- If you need to develop a topic, how will you go about it?
- Once you have a topic ask yourself, "What are the questions I need to answer?"
- What is the scope of the assignment; how much information will you need?
- What type of information is needed? Primary? Secondary? Both?
- Where should you look for the needed information?
- How will you find the needed information? What search terms and strategy will you use?
- How will you organize your paper, project, or presentation?
- Create an outline to help keep your product organized.
- Keep track of your references/citations.
- Use a consistent citation style.
Useful Links for Faculty and Students
Library 101 Tutorial in Brightspace
The first in a series of self-paced instructional modules designed to help students successfully engage with University Library services and resources. This module focuses on the basics of library research as well as essential library services. This module takes about 20 minutes to complete and upon successful completion you will receive a certificate.
Library 201 Tutorial Module
The second in a series of self-paced instructional modules designed to help students successfully engage with University Library services and resources. This module focuses on understanding the nature of information and how to discover needed information.
Plagiarism, Copyright & Citation Basics
This self-paced instructional module will help you understand plagiarism and copyright, as well as basic citation principles.
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Bierce Writing Commons
The Bierce Writing Commons on the ground floor of Bierce Library offers writing assistance to all UA students needing help with papers and other writing projects.
IT Help Desk
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