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How to Do Research @ the Library: Welcome

Welcome to the RCC Library's "How to Do Research @ the Library" Guide!

Use this guide to GET STARTED on your research and to:

  • understand the steps in the basic research process
  • find primary and secondary sources for your research assignments
  • evaluate sources and cite your sources in a standardized format

ANALYZE↓

1. Brainstorming: analyze your problem, hypothesis or assigned topic 
2. Conduct preliminary background research to get a better understanding of the issue or topic
3. Develop your research question

SEARCH↓

4. Determine which databases you will use to do your research
5. Find books/ebooks
6. Find articles
7. Find other authoritative Internet resources 

EVALUATE↓

6. Evaluate the books and articles you have found
7. Write your paper
8. Cite your sources according to the formatting assigned by your teacher

ANALYZE → SEARCH → EVALUATE↓

Research @ the RCC Library