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 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.
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.
Not all research assignments are the same, but knowing more about the common elements of a research assignment can help you focus your work.
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.”
Which sources are typically considered appropriate for college research?
Looking for a starting place for your research? The Research by Subject page will lead you to librarian-recommended resources organized by discipline.
Go beyond pulling quotes and learn more about the many roles sources can play in your research and writing.
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.
Not all citation resources are created equal. This guide includes details of many librarian-approved tools to help you with your citations.