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Library Research for College Students: Step-by-Step

A step-by-step in-depth start to finish guide through the research process.


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Handwriting notes helps you remember and learn information.


  • Write notes in your own words. Think of notes as a pre-writing process
    • Saves writing time
    • Your own word helps you avoid plagiarism!
  • When you copy/paste quotes - add the source's citation to your notes.
  • Be confident about your new area of knowledge.
    • Explain all aspects of the topic or issue  
      • The big picture
      • Details and small and nuanced points.
      • Show that for you "Points X, Y, and Z make sense because… "
      • Show that others consider perspectives "A, B, and C because…” 
        • NOTE: If you're not 100% convinced about points X, Y, and Z and perspectives A, B, and C, go back and review the steps in the research process to fill in the gaps

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