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Introduction to Research

This general overview can help you get started on your college research assignment. Research is a process, and we are here to help! Need research advice? Ask a librarian.

Before You Start

In the research process, you will be like a detective, going from source to source to discover information. You will probably take twists and turns and end up learning something new.

Before you start, make sure you —

  • understand the assignment.
  • start early. Research takes lots of time!
  • know which kinds of sources are required, which kinds are optional, and which are not allowed for your assignment.
  • know how many sources are required for the assignment.
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