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BME 1130: Dimensions of Cancer (Spring 2017): The Seven

Research Guide for Peter DelNero's First-Year Writing class.

Seven Steps to Effective Library Research

These steps outline a simple and effective strategy for finding information for your research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

Identify and Develop Your Topic

Find the Context: Background Information on Your Topic

Find Books

Find Articles in Journals, News Sources, Magazines

Find Video and Sound Recordings

Evaluate What You Find

Cite What You Find

Reference Help

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