How to Research

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Not sure how to get started with research? Don’t worry! We have you covered. The library has a very thorough and easy to understand guide to help you learn to do research.

To get you started, here are a few things to keep in mind.

The first step is understanding your assignment. Read it thoroughly and note any specific requirements:

  • Type of assignment (essay, poster, report, debate, annotated bibliography, literature review, presentation)
  • Number of sources required
  • Types of sources required (articles, books, videos, etc.)
  • Citation format (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)

It is very important that you ask your instructor about anything you don’t understand!

A useful strategy to manage your research is to keep notes as you go. Take clear, accurate notes about where you found specific ideas, and, as you consult sources and make notes, keep a list of the sources you used.

There are many ways that you can keep notes to manage your research and citations more easily:

  • Use index cards or a notebook.
  • Start building your References page as you find your sources.
  • Use citation management software such as Mendeley or Zotero.

Managing your time to complete an assignment is essential. There are many resources available at MHC to help you get started, stay organized, and receive feedback.

To check out more information including How to Develop a Topic, How to Find & Evaluate Information, How to Use that Information and so much more check out the library guide.

Library Research Guide

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? – Albert Einstein

Author: Shawna Murphy

I'm the Instruction and Outreach Librarian at MHC.

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