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Research Tips

  • You never know what you'll find, so be open to the possibilities.
  • Research is like cooking - you often have a make a huge mess to get something good at the end.
  • Don't be afraid to find all the "wrong" ways first.
  • You're trying to find a way in to the conversation, so if you can find one place to start from, you can go from there.
  • Databases are like cars: if you can drive one car, you can pretty much drive any car. Most all databases share the same basic functions.
  • Keep a research log so you don't redo things you've already tried.
  • Think about other words to describe what you're looking for - if something is "red," try "magenta" or "brick."
  • Use Subjects in databases to find similar articles.
  • ILL can be a life-saver, but it isn't instant, so build in extra time in your research schedule.
  • Your Librarians are here for you.

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