This Research Guide describes how to do research with Belk Library resources.
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The research process
Academic research is a multistep process that can be multidisciplinary and will take time to get right. Your topic will morph as you learn more about it -- you'll most likely broaden or narrow it before you're finished. Keep track of everything you find and where you find it - use RefWorks to help you stay organized.
Follow these steps to get started with your research:
- Refine your thesis statement/research question
3. Search for information
- Find books, DVDs, etc. in Belk Library by searching the Belk Catalog
- Find articles
- Pick the right database for your topic
- Find primary sources
* A primary source is a first-hand account of an event - this includes newspaper articles, letters, diaries, interviews, laws, reports of government commissions, and other types of documents
* What's the difference between primary and secondary sources?
- Use library Research Guides for a specific subject
- What is a citation and why should you cite your sources?
4. Evaluate information
5. Write the paper