Choosing a Topic:
> Ask yourself, "What is the purpose or goal of my research?"
Find Background Information:
> Use Reference materials like encyclopedias and dictionaries to get an overview of your topic.
- Try Credo Reference!
> Class notes and your textbook will be helpful resources as well.
Develop a Search Strategy:
> Determine the main concepts of your topic. Choose keywords that relate to these concepts.
> Think about synonyms for keywords to help broaden your search.
(Ex: death penalty, synonyms= capital punishment, execution, etc.)
> Link keywords and concepts to form searches.
(Ex: death penalty OR capital punishment AND DNA)
> Start at the Library's homepage and use the following resources to locate specific types of information:
- Articles - NCLive
- Reference Resources - Credo Reference
Evaluate your Sources:
> Evaluating Information Tutorial [UNC University Libraries]
Note: These guidelines were developed by the librarians at Pitt Community College.
Tips for Searching
Citing Your Sources
What's a Scholarly Article?
Using the Library
Searching the Catalog
Searching NC Live
Searching Credo Reference
Finding Books in the Stacks
What does 'Reference' mean?
CCLINC [Library Catalog]
OWL @ Purdue