Six Steps to Successful Research

Six Steps to Successful Research

1.  Choose a paper topic

2.  Find background information

3.  Search smarter, faster, better

4.  Find primary documents

5.  Evaluate your sources

6.  Cite your sources

Research Guide for Students

Student Rubric for the Research Paper





Research Links

APA Formatting and Style Guide
APA (American Psychological Association) is used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource offers examples for the general format of APA research papers. 

Citation Machine
APA/MLA citation generator                                 

TF North Online Book Catalog

Easy Bib
Automatic Bibliography & Citation Maker

Contains full-text sources from magazines, newspapers, primary source documents, biographies, almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference resources.

EbscoHost Searching Student Research Center Tutorial

EbscoHost Emailing/Printing/Saving/Formatting Citations Instructions

Find-It Illinois
Illinois State Library's online, statewide, digital library.

First Search
Information found here is considered scholarly and well researched. Databases included are WorldCat, ABI Inform, PerAbs, and Wilson Select.

MLA Formatting and Style Guide
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource offers examples for the formatting of MLA research papers.

Generates citations for bibliographies or works cited pages for books by ISBN number or title.

An online reference center with links to sources found in most public libraries. (Almanacs, Atlases, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Thesauri, etc.)

Online access to the Metropolitan Library System's libraries. Students can search all seventy-five libraries in the Metropolitan Library System's holdings by author, keyword, subject, and title.

Turn It In.Com

Turn It In.Com Student User Guide