Use these steps to research a topic and document your sources.
|STEP 1: Choose & Develop a Topic||Select a topic, narrow or broaden it, and identify keywords to search for your topic.|
|STEP 2: Find Background Information||Put your topic in context by looking in general information sources. Find major concepts and theories relating to the topic.|
|STEP 3: Find Books & Videos||Use the library catalog to find books and videos (both in print and online) that relate to your topic.|
|STEP 4: Find Articles||Use library databases to find articles. Learn the difference between scholarly and popular articles.|
|STEP 5: Evaluate Internet Sources||Find information on the Internet relating to your topic. Evaluate the information for reliability and scholarly content.|
|STEP 6: Avoid Plagiarism||Learn what plagiarism is, see examples, and acquire strategies for avoiding plagiarism in your papers.|
|STEP 7: Cite Your Sources||Cite your print and electronic sources correctly in MLA, APA, and Turabian styles.|