RESEARCH TIPS & TECHNIQUES


Use the following strategies to find library and/or Internet resources quickly and efficiently. In addition, please contact the Librarian by phone, email, or in person for assistance.


Step 1: Clearly define your research topic.


Step 2: Start Your Search. Possible sources include:


Step 3: Carefully select your search terms for search boxes.

AND – combines different concepts together

(example: global warming AND extreme weather)

OR – gathers references that contain similar terms or synonyms

(example: extreme weather OR flood OR tornado OR drought)

NOT – excludes terms

(example: extreme weather NOT drought)


Step 4: Carefully and accurately record your found data.


Step 5: Critically evaluate the information you find.


Step 6: Get help whenever you need it!