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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 the reference desk.

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Useful Tips

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.

Concept Table

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.

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