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Guide to Research

Getting started on research

Bennett Library Resources for Research


Once you learn about your citation format for you research, there are templates that can help you make your References page for your research paper. The Owl at Purdue University's Research and Citation resources page has a tutorial and citation machine to help you find the correct citation for your paper.

Microsoft Word can also help you cite your work. Under the References tab, you will see an "insert citation" section. You must choose the format ie. APA, MLA. 

There are other citation machines on the Internet but you must make certain that they are using the most current versions of MLA and APA.


Interlibrary Loan

If Bennett Library does not have the materials you need for your research, we can borrow form other libraries. Borrowed items may take a week or two for delivery so be sure to let us know in advance if you need something. 

Choosing a topic

The first step in starting your research is to know your assignment. What does the instructor want?

What writing format is required? APA, MLA?

What sources are allowed ? For example some instructors want books and only scholarly journal articles. How many sources are required?

How many pages should your paper be?

What type of paper is it? Essay, Position, Informative?


Next you will need to choose your topic. Some topics are too broad and need to be narrowed down to one area. There are several tools that can help with this.

Brainstorming- Write down all the words that you can think of related to your topic.

The Owl at Purdue Writing Lab offers research tips for finding a topic.

Bennett Library's Ebsco database articles also show related subject headings to assist with narrowing your topic:

Example of additional subject terms