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Research Help Template: Starting Your research

Research Help Tabs template

Doesn't Google have everything?

Google only offers access to a small portion of the Internet. The library has access to subscription databases that can give you much more -- and better-- information!

Help Is Here!

If you need more help with your research, please feel free to contact the reference librarians for a personal reference appointment by email, phone or for general reference help by stopping by the information desk in the library:

·         Reference Desk: 203-857-7379

·         Gunnar Sahlin: 203-857-7209;

·         Kelly Jackson: 203-857-6902;


·         Ann Tran-Sommers: 203-857-7207;


Timely Help for Procrastinators!

Use this handy little calculator to keep your homework due dates organized!

The Research Process

The basic research process typically includes five steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously, such as evaluating, analyzing and organizing information so that you don’t lose important resources. You may choose to use this simple Research Plan to help you organize your search!

1.       Develop a topic

Select a topic, find background information, develop research questions, identify keywords, refine your topic.

2.       Locate information

Find Books, articles, and websites using your identified keywords (from Step 1) in order to answer the research questions (also developed in Step 1).

If you have difficulties finding specific resources (like articles or books), you need to return to Step 1 to refine or broaden your topic, refine your research questions, or identify different keywords.

3.       Evaluate and analyze information and sources

Determine whether or not the information provided by the sources (located in Step 2) is authoritative in quality by using the “Evaluative Criteria Table” found on the “Evaluating Resources” tab/page.

4.       Use, organize and communicate the information you have found in your research

Take proper notes by correctly summarizing, paraphrasing, or quoting, and put it all together, remembering to combine your research with your own experiences and ideas about the topic.

5.       Comply with legal, ethical and moral standards

Cite researched sources following rules of proper citation in order to avoid plagiarism follow procedures for Academic Honesty/Dishonesty as outlined in the Student Handbook, beginning on page 26.

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