A guide to resources @ CUL and beyond.
Some links to CUL pages with useful information about how to set up your research:
- Introduction to research
Research needs and requirements vary with each assignment, project or paper. Although there is no single "right" way to conduct research, certain methods and skills can make your research efforts more efficient and effective.
- Identify your topic
Tips on how to find and develop a viable research topic.
- Finding background information
Once you have identified the main topic and keywords for your research, find one or more sources of background information to read. These sources will help you understand the broader context of your research and tell you in general terms what is known about your topic. The most common background sources are encyclopedias and dictionaries from the print and online reference collection. Class textbooks also provide background information.
- Finding books, music, video and audio materials
The Library currently offers two catalogs: the primary Library Catalog works best for broad keyword-based searches while the Classic Catalog may be preferable for highly specific searches and for searching special items such as music, law and items found in the Rare and Manuscript Collections. See the Catalog search tips for more guidance on the differences between the two.
- Finding articles, databases and images
- Requests items
Request materials; Request an appointment with Cornell librarians who can help with specific queries
- Evaluate your sources
Evaluating the authority, usefulness, and reliability of the information you find is a crucial step in the process of library research. The questions you ask about books, periodical articles, multimedia titles, or Web pages are similar whether you're looking at a citation to the item, a physical item in hand, or an electronic version on a computer.
- Cite your sources
Access your refworks account, find citation guides for APA, MLA and Chicago style guides, learn about EndNote workshops and more.
EndNote is citation management software produced by ISI. A free 30 day trial is available through the EndNote website. The software can be purchased at the Campus Store.
an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
- Get help
Ask a librarian!
This guide was originally created by Maaike Oldemans and Martha Walker.