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EMPOWER: Starting Your Research: Research & The Library

Research is a Process

It is difficult to choose resources for your paper until you have a good understanding about what you what to write about. A research process can help researchers stay focused. Although this appears to be linear, researchers frequently have to back up to a previous step (or several!) to complete a final research project or paper.

  • Understand the assignment
  • Get a basic understanding of the topic
  • Note related concepts and the broader category or discipline
  • Write a thesis statement
  • Create a simple outline
  • State your topic as a research question
  • Find an answer(s) and information in various appropriate resources
  • Summarize information and draw conclusions
  • Finish the outline
  • Write the first draft of the paper
  • Critique the paper
  • Write the final paper

These tutorials focus on the steps needed to select and use information resources.

The Library Can Help!

Oscar Rennebohm LibraryFind these valuable resources and services at the library.

Information Commons - Has over 60 computers including some Macs all connected to printers. Scanners, copiers and special programs are also available.

Service Desk - The place for reference help and circulation services -- check out and return library materials, pay fines, and more. A librarian will help you find books and other materials, help you use the library catalog, and suggest good sources of information to answer your question.

Research Guides - Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians.

Ask a Librarian - Search our FAQs or get help via email, instant message chat, text message, or phone.  You can also make an appointment to video chat with a librarian.

Oscar Express (I.L.L.) - If Edgewood's Library doesn't have the book or article you need, can often get it for you from another library through Oscar Express, our InterLibrary Loan system. You can order the materials online and even receive full-text articles electronically through the system. Get help at the Service desk or Ask a Librarian.

Course Reserves - Book and video course reserves are set aside for students to use. Ask for them at the Service Desk under the course number: BUS 340, NRS 411.



You've completed the tutorial on Starting Your Research!
Now you should be able to:

  • Define "information literacy."
  • Identify a variety of information sources.
  • Select the correct source for your information need.
  • Understand the research process
  • Identify Oscar Rennenbohm Library services.

If you are using EMPOWER as part of a course, log on to Blackboard and take the Starting Your Research quiz.


Go back to the EMPOWER menu to choose another module.