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researchHOW - Information Literacy Toolbox: The Research Journey

Come for the information, stay for the literacy

The Research Journey steps will help you:

> get started with research
>  find topics to research using web searching, news sources and library resources
gather background information through reference materials, web resources and other library materials
>  go beyond basic Google searching using tools like Google Scholar and accessing library databases and resources
>  cite your sources correctly

Research Journey Tutorials: Table of Contents

Tips: before you start your research

Research doesn't have to be hard, but it does take time.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Read your assignment thoroughly and carefully.
    • What is your professor asking you to do? What types of resources do you need to find? How many? What citation style are you required to use? When is your assignment due?
  2. Choose your topic.
  3. Brainstorm.
    • What do you know about your topic?
    • What does your audience know?
    • What do you need to show/prove to get your point across?
  4. Write a list of key words.
    • The more you know about your subject, the easier it is to find information to support your argument.
    • Create a list of all the words commonly used to describe your topic. This will make it easier to modify your search terms while conducting library research.
  5. Pick your source(s) and start searching.
    • Do you need to find scholarly articles? Books? News? Images? The library has resources to help you locate whatever you need.
    • Need help choosing the best database or resource? ASK US!


Need help coming up with a topic?  
Use these resources to help generate some ideas: