Use this guide to learn how how the research process works.
Last Updated: Aug 8, 2017
Use these links to learn more about plagarism and copyright.
We cite sources to acknowledge the work of others, as well as to avoid academic dishonesty, or plagarism. There are various formats for citing sources and your instructor will tell you which to follow.
APA Video Tutorial
Explains the purpose of citing as well as explaining the parts of a citation. The rules are for APA (American Psychological Association), but the concepts are universal.
APA 6th edition
A guide that includes examples of various citations.
This guide provides examples for various citations according to the rules of MLA, The Modern Language Association (most often used in the humanities)
There are many programs that allow you to organize references and
create bibliographies. Listed below are some of the most commonly used on campus.
The campus has purchased a site license, which allows students, faculty and staff to download a copy of EndNote X6. This program takes time to learn and is best used for large numbers of references.
Best for students who want to create simple bibliographies. Resides on the web.
A Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources.
Microsoft Word 2007
If you use Word 2007 you can create a bibliography from within the softward.
Do Background Reading
Create Thesis Statement
Develop Search Strategy
Create list of keywords
List questions to be answered
Write a draft outline
Point of View
Read, Write, Edit: Organize Your Thoughts
Think about what you've read
Synthesize the information
Write Your Paper
Revise/Rewrite if necessary