Skip to Main Content

Research Essentials: Research Step-by-Step

Getting Started

This guide is designed to assist you in locating relevant and authoritative resources to use for your research assignments. Throughout this guide, you will learn how the library's resources and online research databases, is the ideal place to conduct your academic research.

The Seven Steps of the Research Process

1. Identify Your Topic.

2. Find Background Information.

3. Find Books and Articles in WorldCat.

4. Find More Articles in Research Databases.

5. Evaluate What You Find.

6. Cite Your Sources.

7. Get Help.

Adapted from:  Olin Library, Cornell University Library

Improve your Research Skills!

Research Support

Need help finding articles or using the databases? The Libraries offer a wide range of research support.