Library Research Guide
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 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 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.
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?