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Intro to Library Research

This guide is a starting point for doing research at Wardman Library, finding and evaluating scholarly resources, and getting additional writing help.

Understand Your Assignment

Before beginning your research, make sure that you READ AND REREAD your assignment.

Ask yourself:

  • When is the due date?
  • What is the scope of the research?
  • What should and should not be included?
  • How long should the paper/project be?
  • What formatting style (MLA, APA, etc.) is required?
  • How many sources/citations do you need?
  • Should the sources all be peer-reviewed/scholarly?
  • Do you need to include other types of sources (books, newspaper articles, etc.)?
  • How current should your sources be? 
  • What additional parameters are given?

When in doubt, ask your professor.