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Research Basics   Tags: library_basics, library_research, research_basics  

Step by step research guide with instructions for using Library resources.
Last Updated: Nov 13, 2013 URL: http://libraryguides.cerritos.edu/research_basics Print Guide RSS Updates

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What Type of Paper?

In college you will encounter many types of writing. As you will find, different classes require different types of writing.

See the guide Types of Writing for a description of some of the most common papers assigned in college classes.

 

What You Need to Know

Understanding Your Assignment

Before you begin looking for information you should make sure you understand your assignment. Some good questions are:

  • How many pages?
  • How many sources?
  • What kinds of sources?
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Websites
  • What format?

Your professor is your best resource to answer these questions.

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Research Basics - Step by Step

Breaking Down The Research Process  

 

The following outline gives a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

  1. Choose a topic - or have one assigned
  2. Understand your topic
    • Background reading
    • Consider a main focus
    • Refine your topic
  3. Search Sources
  4. Write your paper - Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
  5. Cite your sources
             

            Talk to a Librarian

            Need Help 

            The Cerritos College Librarians can help you with your research in a variety of ways:

            Librarians are available during library hours to answer your questions by phone or chat.
            (562) 860-2451 x2425

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