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This guide will teach students how to access information using various library resources and how to insert the information into their research papers.

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Where do I start?

Accessing Resources: Where Do I Start?

Students will be able to identify and locate a variety of resources by utilizing the library's online catalog and digital databases.

The 411 on Research

When performing research, you will come across a variety of information from a variety of different  places. All of these sources can be classified as either primary or secondary sources. 

  • Primary Source: Official record of an event that is written, recorded or created by people present at it.
    • Examples - Original published results of a clinical trial, research study or scientific experiment. Live interviews, transcripts or recordings. Diaries, letters, first-person accounts.  Photographs, maps, creative works  from a time period.  Social Media tweets, texts, status updates, original blogs or Reddit AMAs.
  • Secondary Source: Interpretation or analysis of data, a study or report. A second-hand account of an  event.
    • Examples - Criticisms and reviews; magazine articles; newspaper articles; Pins on Pinterest, re-tweets, shared posts or links to other content.

Understanding the source of the information you are researching can help you make an informed decision on the authority of the person presenting it.