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Research Help: First Steps

Tips for researching effectively at your library.

Research Process

Research is a process.  It's a cycle with each step leading into the next.  You  may need to re-evaluate sources and your topic along the way.  So remember to be flexible.

This guide will introduce you to the steps and help you through it.  But remember, you can go back to each step as many times as needed.


  1. Developing a Topic
  2. Locating Information
  3. Evaluating and analyzing information
  4. Writing, organizing, and communicating information
  5. Citing sources

Personal Help

At any point during the research process, the library and librarians are here to help. 

You can chat with us Monday through Thursday, from 9am to 8pm or Fridays from 9am to 5pm.

You can email us any time, and we'll get back to you.

You can make an appointment so we can sit down with you and give you in-depth help.


Assignment research cycle