Step 1. Get an overview of your subject. Use reference sources (print or online) to get background information.
Step 2. Define and refine your topic.
Step 3. Identify key terms, synonyms, concepts and search terms.
racism--> racism, bias, discrimination, prejudice, etc.
death penalty--> death penalty, capital punishment, death row, etc.
convictions--> convictions, sentencing, appeal, judge, jury, etc.
Step 4. Find resources.
Find Books and Articles using the d'Alzon Library Search Bar
Step 5. Request books and journal articles that we don't own through InterLibrary Loan or visit other libraries in the Worcester area (ARC).
Step 6. Evaluate your information, including the number and kinds of sources.
Remember to identify whether a journal is scholarly or popular.
Step 7. Cite your sources properly, and always avoid plagiarism!
See the Writing & Citing guide or our Research Process guide for help!
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Research Help: 508-767-7273
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