Select a TopicDevelop Research QuestionsConcept MappingIdentify KeywordsFind Background InformationRefine Your Topic
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Research Basics  

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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This Research Guide will help you start your research and take you through the steps necessary to perform great searches in databases!  There are multiple strategies you can use and the more advanced you get, the more relevant your search results will be.  Unfortunately, there is no exact science for each search, but don't be afraid to play around a bit.

 And always remember that librarians are here to help you through the process.  ASK US!  

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Overview of the Research Process (Hint: Notice that it's a circle, not a straight line!)


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