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Graduate Study and Research: Research: A Process and a Practice

How to use the library resources in planning, researching, writing, and finishing a course paper, thesis, dissertation, and similar projects.

Guides to Research Methods and Writing

Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research. Cheryl Lowry, Ohio State University Libraries,  2016. An online, open textbook.

Database Tutorials

Research Proposals

Ask your advisor for more up-to-date information.

General Advice

Sometimes the best way to start is to see what materials are available in the library and what original approach you might take. Browse the catalog or the book shelves for ideas. For topics related to Louisiana, visit the Cammie G. Henry Research Center to learn about collections with which you might work.

Another library service is Interlibrary loan: if we don't have an item a user wants, the ILL librarian may borrow it from another library and check it out to you. For more information, see

Be wary of internet publications and websites. Check their legitimacy before using them.

If you are having problems focusing your topic, searching the databases, or otherwise finding information, contact a librarian for help. Set up a personal Research Consultation with the form at this link.

Good research is not a quick process nor an easy answer. It takes time to think, to locate articles, books, etc., to read them, and to think about how their information relates to your research question.