Research instruction demonstrates how to locate and evaluate sources for a research paper or project. With your PLNU writing class, you will learn to locate relevant books, full-text articles, and useful internet sites.
This guide is only an introduction. Seek help from the PLNU librarians when you need it.
We recommend students complete the Library Research Assignment in Google Doc format. If using the Google doc, you must must first make a COPY. To do this, click on "File", then on "Make a Copy." Rename and save your copy in order to edit the document. Once you have completed the assignment, save your copy as a PDF before submitting it to Canvas (ask a librarian for help, if needed).
Completing the assignment via Google Docs is not enough; students will only be given credit for the assignment if the PDF file is uploaded to Canvas. If you have any questions, please email a librarian at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(If you prefer to hand-write your answers or use a Word doc, see the box at the bottom of the page.)
If you prefer to print, then hand-write your answers before scanning and saving the document as a PDF, print the PDF file below. Ryan Library provides access to an easy-to-use scanner in the Reference Area. If you're on campus, and would like a paper copy of the assignment, ask a librarian and we will be happy to provide one for you.
A Word doc of the assignment is also available below, if preferred.
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 path for exploring debatable current topics is our Credo Reference database, which includes resources like ProCon Headlines and Issues and Controversies in addition to more than 700 specialized encyclopedias. Keep in mind that your topic may need to fit specific criteria assigned by your professor.
Within Credo, we recommend the following: