What is Research?
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”
~Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road (1942)
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Conceptualizing Research: Seven Steps
Identify Your Initial Research Topic
Pose your topic as a question
Starting Points: Use Reference Sources for Background and Context on a Subject
Find articles that summarize the topic, explain key concepts, define terminology and much more
Find items held at Cornell (books, journals, and everything else we own)
Find articles, essays, book chapters and monographs
Requesting items not available at Cornell
BorrowDirect and Interlibrary Loan
Evaluate your sources
Some tips on how to evaluate the sources you've found
Cite your sources
Guides and Resources for preparing your bibliography
Ask a Librarian!