Last Updated: Sep 12, 2012
Before you get started on your assignment, consider the following questions.
- What is my type of assignment (Presentation, Research Paper, Opinion Paper, Group Project)?
- Did my professor give instructions?
- Do I have a required number of sources that I have to use?
- Did my professor tell me what types of sources are required–newspaper articles, books, scholarly articles, primary sources?
- Did your professor suggest a specific database or resource that I have to search?
- Avoiding and Detecting Plagiarism
This guide gives examples of what constitutes plagiarism and how to recognize and avoid it. Also links to tutorials to help you better understand plagiarism.
- Citing your Sources
These guides will show you how to use Chicago Style, MLA Style and APA Style (from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)).
- How to Write an Annotated Bibliography
This guide shows you how to write and format an annotated bibliography.
- Primary and Secondary Sources
This guide will help you to recognize the difference between primary and secondary source materials and help you find primary sources for your research.
- Reading Call Numbers
This guide explains the difference between the two call number systems that Morris Library uses - LC and Dewey.
- Research with the Web
This guide provides criteria for evaluating the usefulness of a website for your research.
- Scholarly Journals and Research Studies
This guide will help you to understand the difference between scholarly and popular periodicals.