Research Tips & Guidelines
Browse Within your Subject
Do I know what I am looking for? What terms, names, dates, and locations are relevant or specific to my topic?
What do I want to know? What do I want to explore more in depth? What are opposing viewpoints? Should I focus on a specific issue or cover a broader topic or range of issues?
Define Your Topic
What's my guiding question or thesis statement?
Search Reliable Sources
Gauge a source for reliability according to whether the publishing entity is known and well- regarded in the field, the text is objective and unbiased, the facts are current (except historical data), and the publication data is provided. Web sites should have a “last updated” date or a copyright date.
Track ALL sources used so you can cite them in your finished work. You need to know titles of sites, pages, or articles; names of authors or publishing organizations; dates of publication; location of info, such as web site URL, magazine or journal volume & issue number.
MLA Guidelines for In-text Citations
Austin Community College Libraries
Tools to Create Citations and Bibliographies
Educational Video Sites