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Library Research at Cornell: Research Steps

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

Research in the time of COVID-19

Check our COVID-19 update page to see which of our services are available. You will need to change your research approach during this time of limited access to print materials to focus on using our extensive online resources.

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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