Library research is is a multi-step process that doesn't always go in a straight line; you may find yourself returning to previous stages as you refine your topic. Steps include
At any stage during the research process, you can get help from a librarian by using the Ask a Librarian chat and email service, emailing or phoning a librarian or in person at one of the reference desks.
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Use our Research Paper Scheduler to help break down your paper into workable chunks. The Research Paper Scheduler will also give you suggestions on different sources.
Use a concept table to help brainstorm for different search strategies. A series of sample concept tables will appear in the space on succeeding screens.