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Library Research at Cornell: The Seven Steps

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

Seven Steps to Effective Library Research

  1. Identify Your Topic
  2. Find Context: Use Reference Sources for Understanding a Topic
    Find subject background articles, topic summaries, key concepts, terminology and reference lists
  3. Find Books
    Find items held at Cornell (books, journal holdings, etc.)
  4. Find Articles
    Use databases to find periodical articles
  5. Evaluate Your Sources
    Some tips on how to evaluate the sources you've found
  6. Cite Your Sources
    Guides and Resources for preparing your bibliography
  7. Get Help
    Ask a Librarian!

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