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Getting Started with Research

This guide outlines research concepts and skills that can help you with your English 110 research projects. For an overview of concepts and skills that will help you complete your project, watch the E110 Research Strategies Video Series

  • Developing a Topic: As you start your research, give yourself some time to gather background information and think through different components of your topic. This will help you come up with a creative, engaging topic to investigate!
  • Searching for Sources: From DELCAT Discovery to library databases to the open web, you have a lot of options for search tools.
  • Evaluating: Many components go into deciding if a source is relevant and useful for your topic. Doing an in-depth evaluation of your sources during the research process will help you use sources more effectively in your writing. 
  • Creating Multimedia: When you need to create videos, images, or other multimedia, it helps to plan your creation process and know about all of the tools available to you. 
  • Citing: Giving credit to your sources is an important part of participating in scholarly conversations. 
  • Getting Help: All researchers need help sometimes! There are several options for learning research skills and getting help from librarians.

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