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Library Research at Cornell: Research Steps

A stepwise guide to efficient research using the Cornell University Library.

Steps to Effective Library Research

  • Identifying and Negotiating a Research Topic
    How to identify a viable topic and negotiate changes in your topic as you go
  • Reference Sources for Background and Context on a Topic
    Find articles that summarize the topic, explain key concepts, define terminology and much more
  • Finding Books
    Find items held at Cornell (books, videos, journal holdings, etc.)
  • Finding Articles
    Find articles, essays, and book chapters
  • Requesting Items not available at Cornell
    BorrowDirect and Interlibrary Loan
  • Evaluating Your sources
    Some tips on how to evaluate the sources you've found
  • Citing Your Sources
    Guides and resources for preparing your bibliography
  • Getting Help
    Ask a Librarian!

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