NOTE: The research process can look different based on the topic, information needs, and researcher. Listed below are the main components research can involve, but it may be completed in a different order or contain additional components.
NOTE: ALSO CHECK OUT THE LIBRARY'S WORKSHOPS!
These search tips can be applied in the library search, databases, and Google/ Google Scholar. There may be minimal differences across databases but using these will generally work.
When deciding where to search consider what type of information you are looking for. Where to search varies broadly based on the topic or information need, but here is a general rule of thumb:
Choosing a resource: Depending on what information you are looking for, you may want to look in different places
Choosing a source type: Narrow your search to a specific source type using the options on the left (works in the library search or in a database search)
Open the library website and enter in keywords, a title, author, etc into the search bar. This will search through our catalog and databases.
After entering in a search into the search bar, you can revise your search to eliminate irrelevant results. You can also click on “advanced search” in the top right for added revising tools.
Notice the search filters that have been used - date, subjects, and source type. These can be especially useful in narrowing down your results. You can select subjects you want to include and exclude from the subjects drop-down on the left.
When does a topic and/or search need to be narrowed?
How do you narrow down a topic?
How do you narrow down a search?
When evaluating a source (article, book, etc), consider the following: