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Here is a good, basic formula for getting started with your research:
- Begin by narrowing down your topic and developing an initial research question.
- Use the keyword brainstorming worksheet (or this online keyword generator) to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find.
- Search in a library catalog (Summon, OBIS, OhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources. These sources will:
- provide BACKGROUND and CONTEXT
- REVIEW and SUMMARIZE earlier work
- help you FOCUS your topic and
- provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
- Next, search research databases to find articles. The library has hundreds of databases; those listed on this guide are good places to begin.
- You may also wish to use Google Scholar to search the Internet. This is a great tool for doing cited reference searches.
- Finally, use the CRAAP test worksheet to evaluate the sources you find.
Librarian contact information:
- Kathy Abromeit, (Conservatory): email@example.com
- Eboni Johnson (Main): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Barb Prior (Art): email@example.com
- Alison Ricker (Science): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Julie Weir (Main): email@example.com
Other ways to ask questions or get research advice:
- Drop in at the Research Help Desk or call 440-775-5031 during research desk hours
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chat / IM with a librarian
- Sign up for a Research Appointment