Are you feeling overwhelmed? We understand. The library is made up of a lot of databases, and knowing where to start can be challenging.
This guide will help you break down the research process and walk you through choosing a topic, selecting a database, and developing an effective search.
We've structured this guide as a walkthrough, but you may not need each section. Feel free to jump around based on where you're at in your research.
And, if you get stuck at any point, reach out to us through Ask Us. We can help you with:
Before you jump into research, you must understand what's being asked of you. If you have questions or something isn't clear, it's best to ask the person who assigned the task or your instructor before starting your research. This way, you won't spend time on research that, ultimately, isn't helpful in the end.
Some questions you might want to ask yourself before you begin include:
If you've never checked out ProQuest Research Companion, we recommend giving it a look. It's an excellent resource for researchers of all levels and can help you plan your research, evaluate your results, and turn your research into an organized outline to write from. Most modules are short, so you can work through them as needed.
This guide is meant for students of all levels and can be a good place for you to start. However, as you get deeper into your dissertation research, you'll likely need more specific help than what's offered here. We recommend attending one of our doctoral drop-in sessions to get an overview of the library customized for doctoral students or scheduling a 1:1 appointment with one of our research librarians to get more personalized research help and recommendations.
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