The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the research process.
The process outlined will demonstrate how to find sources for a research paper or project. Specifically, you will learn how to find books, full-text articles, and useful internet sites.
The information provided by this guide is an introduction to the research process. It should not be viewed as a substitute for individual assistance on any topic.
PLNU Reference Librarians are available to help with any research questions you may have. You can contact us via:
Before you begin your research, you should:
Here are some examples:
|Type of information||Where to find it|
|Information about a specific organization/company||
|History, overview, definitions (scholarly)||
|History, overview (popular)||
Choosing and refining a topic is an important part of the research process. One valuable resource for looking for topics is CQ Researcher, one of our Reference Databases. This reputable periodical explores in-depth one current and relevant issue every week. Since the database goes back to 1923, looking at the topics covered can give you some ideas for topics. Keep in mind that many times your topic will need to fit specific criteria assigned by your professor.
Once inside CQ Researcher, we recommend that you either:
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