Welcome! Use this guide to gain confidence and skill in library research.
Jump into research and skip the usual beginners' mistakes by looking at the suggestions for research process. Master basic search tools like Esearch or other tools by choosing the "how to" boxes throughout this guide.
No guide can cover all your questions, so reinforce your confidence by learning how and where you can get more help from the Library.
Success tip: don’t just read the assignment, analyze it!
Professors expect students to follow directions carefully, but what do they actually mean by those directions? Figure out what an assignment is really asking, and you have the key to a successful paper.
These short videos contain over-simplified explanation of some of the most confusing aspects of doing university level research, especially if you're new to it.
**Note: They were created by two librarians at another university (Coastal Carolina in South Carolina), so just ignore the references to "Kimbel Library"--what they're saying applies here as well!