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Learn to Research

A guide that will teach you the basic steps to completing research for your assignments.
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Do you have a research assignment? 

Where do you start? Wikipedia? Books? Articles?
This guide will teach you how to:

  • select your topic and develop your research question
  • choose keywords
  • find the right resources 
  • evaluate and use your resources
  • cite and give credit to your sources properly

Where Do I Start?

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Getting started on your research assignment can feel overwhelming.
Think of your assignment as a recipe that gives you the directions and ingredients you will need to write your paper.

Read the assignment instructions carefully – more than once!


  • topic guidelines and restrictions
  • required length and format
  • the kinds of information sources allowed and how many are required

Research Essay Checklist