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ENGL 1210-003: First-Year Writing: Women and Culture I (Benjamin)

Steps in the Library Research Process

  • Think of a topic or question that you're really curious about, that really compels you. 

  • Write down some keywords and phrases that come to mind. You can use these to search. Be open to the possibility of new keywords, and try out different combinations!

  • Explore backgrounds and contexts. Reference sources can help you with concepts and terms, and they can also lead you to other relevant sources.

  • Search for books and articles on your topic. Carefully skim each source---including the synopsis, abstract, table of contents, and/or index--- to assess how relevant and useful it will be to you.  Put back books or articles that aren't useful.

  • Document and cite your sources as you go along - this will make the paper-writing process much easier!