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Tips for preliminary research

Start with general information from topical encyclopedias, reference sources and even consumer-focused articles to get a general understanding of your topic. 

Jot down terms, studies and important names to use for more detailed searching.

Bibliographies and references at the end of books and articles can lead you toward other resources.

EBSCO Thesauras a.k.a. Subject Terms, Subjects, Headings,


What types of sources does your professor or research require -- scholarly, professional, general interest, news, etc.?

Use this CHART to determine what type your source is and to evaluate its credibility.

MLA Citation Style

For information about MLA citation style, start with the library's guide. For more information, check out Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) or the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (found in the library's reference reading room).

For help with MLA citation style, get in touch with the Academic Resource and Writing Center in the library.


If you want to talk to a librarian about this course, you can:

  • chat with a librarian using the chat box or in the library, Monday-Friday 9a-5p, Sunday-Thursday 7p-10p or
  • email the instruction librarian for this course, Matilda Yoder.