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Getting Started with Research: 1. Search for Background Info & Key Words

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Concept Mapping & Keywords

Concept maps are great for generating ideas and keywords as learning more about your topic.  Try making one of your own!


Databases for Background Research

These databases provide background information, encyclopedia articles, definitions, and an overview of your topic.

The Research Process

This video by Tulsa Community College provides a helpful overview of a common approach to research. Ignore the contact information at the end of the video, though. If you want help, use our chat box on this page, or come to the Ritz Library or DCC Writing Center in Hudson 503!

Selecting Keywords

Power Searching Google Tips & Website Evaluation

Fake Lincoln Quote WeKnowMemesUse these resources for finding and evaluating sources on Google.

Identifying Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources