Think through your topic: Read any written instructions you have been given and discuss the assignment with your classroom instructor before you begin your research.
The more you can clarify before you come in to, phone, or e-mail the library, the better librarians can help you get on with your research. Let us know if you're just starting out, or if you've tried some strategies and just aren't getting what you need.
What type of information do you need:
Statistics? Directory information? Pictures? History? Biographical information? Are you looking for historical or current information? Several points of view on a single topic?
Always keep track of
Even if you are just beginning your research, make sure you keep a list of all of the materials you have used, including books, magazines, newspapers, websites, databases, etc.
Having this information will allow you to refer back to the resource if you need to, and will allow to you to begin to compile a bibliography or “works cited” list to include in your paper.
What keywords or phrases best reflect your topic? Think about different ways to express your topic using:
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