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Starting Your Research: Getting Started

A basic research guide to taking you through the library research process.

Where to begin researching?

Not sure where to start your research? Which database to begin with? Where are the books? How to access articles? How to access journals? Who to contact for help? Below are quick tips and suggestions to help you get started with your library research

Library Basic Search

  • Search:  Start by searching the Primo Discovery platform. Limit the results list with "Filter my results".
  • Identify:  Click on the item you would like to view from the search results list. 
  • Access: Scroll to the "View Online" section of the full record to view the full-text option(s) of the item

Research Tools

These research tools give you an overview of the resources our subject expert librarians found to be the best on a given topic. You can start by browsing the Research Guides by subject, patron group, or type. Once you have found the guide pertaining to your subject, you just click away from quality sources for your research.

Browse Research Guides

 

Popular Tools & Services
 
Specialized Tools & Services
 
  • Understanding Citations
    A guide to help you how to read citations and understand different formats as well as how to create citations for your own research.
  • EndNote
    A desktop application for citation management to help organize your research
  • Mendeley
    A free citation manager and academic social network to help you organize your research
  • IEEE Citation
    A research guide providing specific examples of how to cite different material types in EEE referencing style

Basic Library Research

  1. Articulate your topic.
  2. Find academic resources.
  3. Locate scholarly articles and books.
  4. Evaluate sources you want to use.
  5. Create an annotated bibliography.
  6. Cite your sources correctly.

If you still need help...

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