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  • Define an appropriate research question.
  • Identify an information need.

Types of Sources

  • Identify appropriate types of information.
  • Select relevant books, articles, reference materials, etc.
  • Primary source vs. Secondary source

Library Catalog

  • Choose the type of catalog search (title, author, keyword) based on their information need.
  • Search the catalog efficiently using appropriate search terms.

Finding Articles

  • Choose an appropriate database based on their information need.
  • Search a database efficiently using appropriate search terms.

Scholarly vs. Popular

  • Determine if an article is scholarly or popular.
  • Choose an article of the appropriate type based on their information need.

Finding Websites

  • Evaluate websites for appropriateness as information sources.


  • Choose keywords that retrieve relevant information.
  • Apply the search connector "AND" to combine keywords.

Citing Sources

  • Recognize the importance of documenting sources.

Useful University Links

student writing

Easybib: EasyBib helps you quickly and easily create a bibliography.

Research and Writing Help: a list of links to resources that the library offers.

Help in the Library

Research Questions: Contact Us or ask a question through Ask a Librarian / Ask a Librarian - Statewide, or LibAnswers 

Writing Assistance: In-person, online, or by phone, Ángel L. Jiménez and John David Harding provide tutoring in all aspects and stages of the writing process.  Please make an appointment using the Writing and Research Instruction Form, the appointment book at the Cannon Library Circulation Desk, or by directly contacting Ángel or John David.

Angel Jimenez: Writing Instruction Form, (352) 588-8269,

John David Harding: Writing Instruction Form, (352) 588-7576,