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Research 101

Start your research at the Bortz Library homepage

Always start your research at the Bortz Library homepage!

Bortz Library Home Page

This will be your gateway to:

  • The library catalog, where you can find books, ebooks, AV materials, and more. 
  • Research databases, where you will find scholarly journals, articles, ebooks, images, and videos.
  • Interlibrary loan services, which will allow you to borrow books, articles, videos, and materials from other libraries.
  • Research guides on various subjects, which provide guidance on conducting research in a variety of disciplines and include links to outside websites. 

Research Steps

As you conduct research, you will move through a series of steps in the research process. Remember that these steps do not have to be followed in a linear order; as you conduct research, you will probably have to move back and forth between:

  • Selecting a topic and deciding what type of information you need
  • Gathering information
  • Evaluating the quality and relevance of the information
  • Using information appropriately (including citing your sources)
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