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NIH Bridges to the Future

This guide is for students in the NIH Summer Bridge program. It is an introduction to the research process with a focus on finding and reading academic sources.

Library Research Guide

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Welcome to the Bridges to the Future Library Research Guide! This guide is an introduction to the research process with a focus on finding and reading academic sources. If this guide does not have the information you are looking for, don't hesitate to Ask A Librarian for help any time during the Libraries' service hours.

Research Perspectives

Research is a curious, complex, iterative process. Like many undergraduate courses, this guide simplifies that process. Let's start by seeing what academic research is like for professionals. The essays and video here are perspectives on the research process from researchers past and present.

Research Process

Research can be challenging, non-linear, monotonous, frustrating, and rewarding. Breaking parts of the process into smaller pieces makes it manageable. Below are some steps you might experience as you begin a research project. If you get stuck at any time in this process, Ask A Librarian or make an appointment with your librarian or a peer research consultant.

First steps in the research process

  1. Choose a topic
  2. Develop a research question
  3. Find resources on your topic
  4. Save your sources

Research notes and reflection

This process takes days, weeks, or months. It is helpful to take notes as you go to track your thinking. Reminders to yourself will save time.

Ask yourself: What am I thinking about as I develop my research question(s)? What types of information do I need to answer this question? Where am I searching and what search terms am I using to find resources? What is interesting to me and my research about this specific article?

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Types of Information

This lesson is about the difference between information, including popular, scholarly, and trade journals. You can test yourself along the way with the questions providd throughout. (Source: New Literacies Alliance)