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UNIV 4995: Senior Project Library Research Path

Before you can write your paper, you need to create your gameplan. That means understanding what kinds of sources you need, why you need them, and where you're going to find them. This Library Research Path provides you with online interactive tutorials!

Research Path Instructions

Welcome to the University Libraries' Online Senior Project Library Research Path. Start with Tutorial 1 and work your way through all six, or explore the tutorial that you're most curious about. Take each tutorial as many times as you need! Don't forget to rate the Research Path.

In addition, check out our UNIV 4995 Research Guide.

develop your research topic

Tutorial 1: Develop Your Research Topic & Question

Work from a big picture subject to a question by brainstorming your research interests.

plan your search effectively

Tutorial 2: Search Strategies

Develop a game plan for getting started on your research project, isolate the keywords in your research question or topic, brainstorm more keywords by searching, and combine keywords using Boolean logic.

choose a database

Tutorial 3: Databases

Learn what a library database is, access databases from the University Libraries website, and match specific databases with your information needs.

learn sources outside the library

Tutorial 4: Resources Outside of the Library

Learn tips and tricks for navigating Google. Wikipedia, and Google Scholar.


evaluate resources

Tutorial 5: Evaluate Sources

Critically evaluate websites, learn strategies and tools for identifying credible news sources, and learn why library databases are your best bet for credible information.

cite your sources

Tutorial 6: APA Citation

Learn to cite with APA style.