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Welcome to the Research Help Guide

Before you get started on your assignment, consider the following questions.

  1. What is my type of assignment (Presentation, Research Paper, Opinion Paper, Group Project)?
  2. Did my professor give instructions?
  3. Do I have a required number of sources that I have to use?
  4. Did my professor tell me what types of sources are required–newspaper articles, books, scholarly articles, primary sources?
  5. Did your professor suggest a specific database or resource that I have to search?
      

    The Help Files:

    • 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.

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