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General Research Guide (RCC)   Tags: general, rcc, research  

A general guide for researching any topic using library resources and the Internet.
Last Updated: Sep 3, 2013 URL: http://researchguides.flc.losrios.edu/RCC Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What You Need to Know

Understanding Your Assignment

Before you begin looking for information, you should make sure you understand your assignment.

Some good questions are:

  • How many pages?
  • How many sources?
  • What kinds of sources?

Your professor is your best resource to answer these questions.

 

Research Process

The Research Process

The following outline gives a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper or project.

Step 1: Understand your topic

  • How much do you know about your topic?
  • Do some background reading. THINK...Encyclopedia!

Step 2: Now you can search

  • Use the keywords gathered from your background search.
  • Find books, articles, and websites using library resources.

Step 3: Put It All Together

  • Begin putting togther your paper, presentation, etc.
  • You might need to repeat earlier steps to fill any information gaps.
  • Write down what sources you use when you make your citation page.

Research Assistance

Contact a Librarian


The FLC Librarians can help you with your research in variety of ways. 

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