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How To Tutorials: Research


Assignment Discovery Search Evaluate Cite Image Map


Understanding the Assignment

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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.

Assignment Prompt


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.


Topic Development - Discovery

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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.


Topic Development - Refinement

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Searching for information

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Places to start searching -

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

Journal and Newspaper Articles, Primary Sources and more

Ebsco's EDS – 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 Sources

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Citing your sources is a twofold process




Gather Information

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.

Also check out the library's Writing Guide


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