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Choosing, Using, and Citing Sources

Research, information seeking, and citing sources explained in plain English

Purpose of This Guide

black and white icon shows a person staring and road signs and looking confusedThis guide that exists for several reasons:

  1. To explain "in plain English" why you may need information and build background knowledge about academic research
  2. To describe how you can find and use information sources to answer your questions
  3. To define and clarify the academic terms used to describe finding and using sources
  4. To connect you with people who can help you choose and use sources to answer your questions

How to Use This Guide

This guide covers the broad topic of sources and there are different pages on this guide which cover different subtopics. 

Click the tabs on the left or click the links below to learn about:

Credit for this guide

Information on this guide is adapted from portions of:
Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research by Teaching & Learning, Ohio State University Libraries, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Library Research, Step by Step by Linda VanSistine-Yost, Student Learning Librarian, Western Technical College, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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