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Beginning Academic Research

This guide is intended to help you start your research as an undergrad.

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During normal library hours, research help is available via chat, text, email, or by phone.

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Getting Started

New to academic research? 
This guide was created to assist you with tips and tools.

Wherever you are in the research process - not matter what the class, what the end product, or what the subject - you can always contact a librarian for assistance. 

The Library Service Desk is available via live chat, by email at, or by phone.

The Assignment

The first step toward success is to read and understand what your instructor has assigned.

Below are a few helpful tips but, remember, your professor is always the best source for clarification, direction, and judgment calls on how you should proceed on any assignment-related questions.


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