What You Can Do
In this guide you can learn the following skills required for producing top-quality college writing:
► Develop a topic
► Search the library catalog
► Search databases for full-text articles
► Use Interlibrary Loan
► Judge the quality or bias of what you read
► Properly attribute sources
► Avoid plagiarism
Deciding on a topic is possibly the most difficult part of doing research. If you're not sure how to start, talk with your professor, ask a librarian, or:
► Think about a topic that you are interested in.
► Do some background reading from a textbook or subject encyclopedia.
► Generally, you will want to narrow your topic to something manageable. You may need to rework it several times as you research. It is possible you may need to expand a topic if it is too narrowly focused on a single idea.
► Once you have an idea, write it out as a short sentence or question then pick out search terms.
"How does stress affect memory?" stress, memory
► Use the sources in the following Research Tools pages to find information.