Getting Started: Information Research Tips

Introductory help in learning how to identify, locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically for research assignments.

Writing a Paper? Get Started Here.

Getting started with a research paper can be daunting. Here are some helpful hints.

  1. Understand your assignment
  2. Think about the resources that will be most useful for your topic.
  3. Look at the other tabs in this guide to help you find books or articles on your topic.
  4. Ask for help—either in-person at a reference desk, by email, or by phone.

Avoiding Plagiarism

See the Guide Section on Avoiding Plagiarism for more information.

Evaluating Webpages

If you are using webpages as sources for your assignment you might want to review the website's authenticity by using the UC Berkeley Guide below.

 

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CSU Chico has a briefer guide to evaluating websites. Use the CRAAP Test. Click on the link to see what CRAAP is:)