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Developing Research Strategies

Just getting started with research? The resources in this playlist will help you learn how to avoid research anxiety, how to choose a topic, identify and use appropriate sources, and find help when you need it


The Research Process

The research process in college usually starts with a professor giving you a research assignment. But where do you go from there? Learn about the most common steps for the research process, including selecting a topic, developing a thesis statement, and more.


Tips for Avoiding Research Anxiety

Taking on a research project can be daunting, whether you are new to research or a skilled expert. The strategies detailed here can help you overcome your (very normal) anxiety and get to work.


Characteristics of Research Assignments

Not all research assignments are the same, but knowing more about the common elements of a research assignment can help you focus your work.


Choosing a Manageable Research Topic

When you have the freedom to choose your own research topic, it can be tough to know where to start. This video from Pfau Library (California State University, San Bernardino) gives you some useful tips for defeating the “Topic Monster.”


Appropriate Sources

Which sources are typically considered appropriate for college research?


Research by Subject video tutorial

Looking for a starting place for your research? The Research by Subject page will lead you to librarian-recommended resources organized by discipline.


Using Sources

Go beyond pulling quotes and learn more about the many roles sources can play in your research and writing.


Asking for Help

If you get stuck at any point in the research process, you can always consult with your instructor or with a librarian. Chat with a librarian online or visit the library in person for expert advice.


Citation Tools

Not all citation resources are created equal. This guide includes details of many librarian-approved tools to help you with your citations.


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