Research Guide

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The sources you use in your research paper are more important than the information you find.  Let me say that again.  The sources you use in your research paper are more important than the information you find.  In today's world you can find a source to support almost any argument you can think of.  But the only information that you can count on is information that comes from a reliable, credible source.  To help you out in the crazy deluge of information that is the internet, librarians have come up with a great method of evaluation called the CRAAP method.  You'll need to check your source for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.  For more information read the Evaluating Sources page of this website. 

You will want to include a comprehensive list of sources that cover multiple points of view, primary and secondary sources, news and peer reviewed articles, and more.  The library is a great source for print materials, and our website gives your access to databases with a huge selection of materials!



Want a step-by-step plan to follow?  Need help getting organized?  Confused about the research steps?  Print off your own copy of the Research Process Workbook and keep it with you throughout your research project!



Research steps developed from the Pitts/Stripling Research Model & Christopher Lehman's Energize Research Reading & Writing