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Library Research at Cornell: The Seven

A stepwise guide to efficient research using the Cornell University Library. Click on the BLUE TABS below to access each section.

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


Library Jargon: Common Terms Defined

Reference Help

Michael Engle
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