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Research is a process of locating, evaluating, and synthesizing information. There are many types of resources, including books, articles, websites, videos, and more, that contain useful information for academic research. Resources can be located through multiple methods, including:
OneSearch - a search engine that searches many resources accessible through the library, including books, articles, videos, etc.; however, it is not the best at conducting an advanced search on a specialized topic and does not search all of the databases to which the library subscribes.
Databases- collections of resources with their own search engine; some cover many subjects while others are more specialized. Most of the library's databases are collections of articles; however, we also have reference, art, music, and video databases.
Web - contains many resources that may or may not be useful for your assignment. If your assignment allows for or requires web resources, it is extremely important to be critical of what you find since anyone can publish anything online. See the Evaluating Sources tab for help determining whether to use a source found online.
Because each of these sources has access to different resources and uses a different search algorithm, they will produce different results. Therefore, it is important to determine which method(s) you should use before you begin searching.
Prefer an interactive learning experience? The Library has created two self-paced tutorials on academic research in Canvas. Each module takes between 15–30 minutes to complete. After finishing a module and getting a score of 75% or higher on the quiz, the option to fill out a certification of completion will appear in the module screen.