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Information in this guide will help students work through the steps and process of completing a research paper.                        

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Research & Writing

Research is a little like trying to put together the pieces of a puzzle. 

  • When perusing databases, journals, books, and various other sources, take note of the names of people who are often quoted; scholars who are doing research on your topic and the universities with which they are affiliated; spokespersons, and influential figures; and then search for articles that are written by them. 
  • Check the bibliographies and footnotes in the articles you come across, as well as suggestions for further reading. 
    • Do these sources seem relevant or pertain to your topic?  If so, does the library have these materials? 
    • Can you locate them through other databases or through interlibrary loan (interlibrary loan is a service by which you can receive books and photocopies of documents that are owned by another library). 

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