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Get Started with Research

Writing a Research Paper? Get Started Here.

Projects that require research can be an overwhelming process.  Here are some tips to help you get started.

1. Understand your assignment. 

2. Think about what types of sources would be useful to your topic.  Would these sources be background material? Do you need examples or evidence to analyze?  Sources that help you build or refute an argument can be useful.  You can also explore other study's methods to apply to your own research.

3. Explore some of the other tabs on this guide to help you explore your topic to build a research question and find books and articles on your topic.

4. Ask for help- Feel free to stop by the Research Assistance Desk in the west wing of the 2nd floor at Geisel Library.  Don't have time to stop by? Feel free to consult with a librarian over chat, through email or by phone.