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EDU 50301 Introduction to Research

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Getting Started in the Library



This library guide points you in the direction of some basic library resources for completing library assignments and writing research papers in this course. Many of these resources are available from the library's homepage at, so you may want to bookmark both the homepage and this guide.

  Here are some resources to get you started:

Helmke Library self-guided tour

Gaining an Overview of Your Topic or Problem

It is easier to narrow your scope to an interesting and manageable paper after you have checked into the background or review of literature on the subject.

One of the best places to get started is an encyclopedia, handbook, or textbook. These tools will provide an overview of your topic and give you hints on ways to limit it. While you are using the encyclopedia, look for an outline at the beginning of the article or the bold-face print and captions within the article. Be sure to note any special terminology, people's names, or events that might be useful in searching for information in other sources.