Understanding the assignment prompt given by your professor is the first step in the Research Process. Each prompt can be divided into different sections, see the example below.
Taking this analytical approach will help ensure both that you understand the assignment and are prepared to move to the next step in the Research Process – Topic Development.
Disclaimer - The information you find in sources such as Wikipedia and Google is not to be confused with sources you should use in your project. These sources are to help discover and develop your topic and eventually lead you to the sources found in the "search" section of the Research Process. WIkipedia and Google are great tools to get started but are NOT considered scholarly themselves.
Subject Guides – Lists Print and Electronic Sources specific to your subject.
Catalog – A full listing of all CCU books, eBooks, CD’s, DVD’s and more
Prospector – A Collection of 30 million items available to any CCU student, faculty or staff
Interlibrary Loan – A conglomerate of many libraries throughout the world
Summon – A “Google Search” of CCU’s subscription journal databases
Journal Articles and Databases Page – Offers multiple ways to find specific journals and articles
Google’s Advanced Search – try limiting by domain to .mil, .gov, or .edu sites. When searching for images, try limiting by Usage Rights.
Google Scholar - A search of online eBooks, Journals and more. If you can't find the full-text of something you need, try searching CCU or using Interlibrary loan
Citing your sources is a twofold process
Rather than grabbing each part (author, title, publication date, etc.) of a citation from an article or book individually, every library database has a Cite feature. In the form of a link or button it most often lies on the top or right hand side of a database screen. This feature generates a citation of the research you are viewing in multiple formats. Simply click the “Cite” button, select the citation format you need, and copy and paste the provided citation into your document..
NOTE that this citation creator is imperfect. and while very close, doesn’t always create a citation you will end up using, While it does get you very close to an accurate citation and makes research much easier than creating each citation from scratch, it is not always correct. Ultimately, your grade depends on proper citations, , so do review each and every one of these citations for accuracy.
Edit & Format
Each school has specific expectations for editing and formatting papers and bibliographies. Please see the following resources for further help in this area.
CAGS Online Writing Lab (OWL) [requires login into Blackboard]
CUS Writing Center on the Lakewood Campus.