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This guide provides research strategies and recommended resources for research in Library 101.

Research Help

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Your Research Assignments

You will conduct research on a topic of your choice throughout Library 101. 

Your research assignments include:

  • Research Proposal and Background Research
  • In-Depth Research #1
  • In-Depth Research #2
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Research Presentation Discussion

To complete these research assignments, you will write a research question and find and evaluate at least five sources that help you answer that question. Your sources must include:

  • one background information source such as an encyclopedia article;
  • one non-fiction book, in either print or ebook form, from the SBCC Luria Library that is not a reference book or textbook;
  • one full-text peer-reviewed scholarly article from a library database;
  • one visual media source such as a photograph or video; and
  • one additional full-text written source, which may be a website.

Getting Started

The information on the following tabs of this guide will help you choose and narrow a topic, identify keywords for your topic, find and evaluate different types of sources, and cite your sources.

If you need more help with your research, contact a librarian by chat, phone, email, or in person, or review the tutorials included in your Library 101 course in Canvas.

For writing help, contact the Writing Center in the Cartwright Learning Resources Center (CLRC). The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring and a variety of helpful support materials.