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Introduction to Research   Tags: research assistance  

Last Updated: Aug 7, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Introduction to Research

Use the tabs at the top to find resources to help you do research.

For research assistance, visit us at the library Information Desk, call us at 203-932-7189, or e-mail us.

Use the Locating & Evaluating Journal Articles  tab to find information about journals that we have access to in databases or in hard copy. 

  • Especially useful if you already have article citations and need to find the articles.

Use the Databases tab to find information about databases that contain articles. 

  •  Especially useful if you already have a topic and need to find articles on that topic.

For assistance with writing the research paper, visit the Center for Learning Resources

This guide takes you through the research process as it acquaints you with the various types of library materials. Use this guide as a tool for selecting a topic for an actual assignment, or just follow along as it pursues a sample research project using the following strategy:

  • Choose a subject area and a topic
  • Narrow the focus to a particular issue and formulate a topic question regarding the issue
  • Find materials which discuss the pros and cons of the question
  • Come to a conclusion based on an evaluation of the evidence
  • Write a paper that describes the research and justifies the conclusion
  • Properly cite the materials used

Research Help

Librarians are available to help you find the information that you need. 

  • Visit us at the Information Desk any time that we're open, or
  • Call 203-932-7189 for help or to set up an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one research assistance.
  • Email

We'll help you learn how to use the catalog to find books and use our databases to find articles, e-books and more.

Diane Spinato

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