The purpose of this guide is to acquaint you with resources available through the Kirk Library and to assist you with the research process. Tips on choosing and developing your topic, locating and evaluating information in a variety of sources, and creating citations are included.
This guide is especially useful for English 102 classes and any others where a research paper or presentation is required.
Generally, you move from one step to the next in your research. However, research is a dynamic process, and there may be times when you need to change direction. That's why they call it "re-search": you search and search again. Like writing, it's seldom once and done. And just like writing, it gets easier the more you do it.
Research Steps Simplified:
Step 1. Choose and develop a topic
Step 2. Locate information
Step 3. Analyze and evalutate information and sources
Step 4. Use, organize, and communicate information
Step 5. Cite sources
Look over to the far right and you'll see some of the librarians who are here to help you with your research.
Library staff are information specialists, and we want to assist you to become successful students and lifelong learners. We love hunting for information and helping students, so ASK US!