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Research Strategies: Resources

Purpose of LibGuides

This Subject LibGuide will take you through the process of performing research in order to create an academic level research paper or project.

Navigate within this Subject LibGuide by using the horizontal tabs.

Let the journey begin, you are on your way to gather and analyze information!

Student Login Information

Username 

First three letters of your last name, first letter of you first name, and last four digits of your student ID number.

Password

MMDD (4 digit birthdate) or whatever you changed it to. ‚Äč

Example: John Smith = smij0614

Access:  Computers, Printers, Photocopiers, Go Print, WiFi, & Off Campus Library Databases.

Quick Tip!

Keep track of the sources you use so it will be easier for you to create the appropriate citations!

Research Strategies

Begin your research by following these steps:

1. Identify a broad research topic and gather general information

  • Books, reference books, websites

2. Evaluate your sources

3. Narrow your topic (what do you want to focus on within the broad research topic?)

4. Identify main concepts

5. List keywords and synonyms

6. Create a thesis statement

7. Collect data

  • Search in the library databases using your main concepts and keywords/synonyms

8. Evaluate your sources 

9. Begin writing your paper

10. Cite your sources 

Student Success

Be Challenged, Be Curious, & Organize Your Thoughts!   

Identify Student Resources: library, counseling department, tutoring/writing center, clubs, and associations. LAHC Student Services

Be Prepared: start early by prepping for registering for classes, class materials, and assignments.

Create Connections: form study groups and build long lasting relationships with your peers. 

Office Hours: visit your professors during their office hours! Communicate your needs and concerns to clarify class assignments. 

Feedback: learn to provide and receive feedback from your peers, professors, and counselors; it is an opportunity to grow for everyone involved. 

Don't Give Up: talk to someone on campus before quitting (professor, counselor, or librarian), they can aid you in finding the recourses you need to make your academic experience successful!

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