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Research Strategies: Overview

Class Overview

This Research Strategies guide is created for any class to use as a research support guide. 

Credit: Adapted from OER Resource: Home - Research Now! - LibGuides at University of Connecticut ( it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International License. | Details and Exceptions

Research Help!

Research Now! guides help you develop your research skills - from forming a research question, to understanding how information is created and used, to finding and evaluating resources critically and responsibly. Prosper in the information universe!

Using Research Now!

These guides are meant to be used non-linearly, meaning - drop in where and when you need help!

Each Heading is the homepage for that section and will provide an introduction and some helpful information to get started.  Or, go directly to one of the subheadings to learn about a specific topic.


Get Started

  • Get Started
  • Read (and Understand!) the Assignment
  • Selecting a Topic
  • Background Research
  • Information Timeline
  • Initial Searching
  • Form a Research Question

Explore Information

  • Why use Library Information?
  • The Information Lifecycle
  • Primary & Secondary Sources
  • Understanding & Recognizing Peer Review

Find Information

  • Coming up with Keywords
  • Finding Books
  • Searching for Articles
  • Using Google Scholar
  • Revising & Refining Searches
  • Discovering More Sources

Evaluate Resources

  • Confirmation Bias
  • Authority
  • Evaluation Toolkit
  • Assess the Information Found

Understand Citations

  • Integrating Sources (Quote, Paraphrase, Summarize)
  • Citation Styles & Management
  • Reading Citations
  • Plagiarism Tutorial

Research Skills

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