What is Research?
Many people reivew research as the process of finding a lot of information to piece together and write a paper. But research is more than a collection of facts and opinions. Research is the investigation of a question.
Below are two links to guides on creating Annotated Bibliographies.
Use RefWorks to Keep Track of your Research Sources
RefWorks is a citation management system that can save your research citations for you in one place and create a bibliography of them in the citation style of your choice. Select RefWorks, create a username and password to open an account. It's free and you can keep your account even after you graduate from SSU. For more information see the handout below.
Topic Overviews - Reference Sources
Reference sources are good places to start any research project. General and subject encyclopedias provide overviews to a topic, include keywords and concepts you can use to search for more sources, and often supply a reading list for your topic. These books can be found in the first eight rows of shelves facing you as you enter the Library. Browse these shelves to find relevant works for your topic or ask for help from staff at the information desk.
Some collections of online reference sources are also available through the Library's webpage.
Use the Catalog to Find Books
Databases to use to find articles
Finding Scholarly Information on Google
Search Google more effectively by using Google Scholar (see box below) and Google Advanced Search. To use Google Advanced Search, type in a search as you usually would, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Advanced Search. A form will come up with several options to limit the search. These include various ways to select a combination of words, language, reading level, domain, date of last update, and several more. Try it, it will help you zero in on just the websites you want!