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Research enriches much writing, from the personal essay to the term paper. Knowing where to look and how can make the difference between frustration and exciting discovery. The links below are intended to support you as you navigate research challenges such as locating sources, integrating information, and citing references.

General Guides to Doing Research

•Newman Library at Baruch College offers a series of Help Guides to research:
Basic Research Strategy
How To Use The Library To Write Better Papers And To Avoid Plagiarism
Basic Boolean Searching
Using Call Numbers to Find Books
•The Brooklyn College Library has tutorials on using CUNY+ and how to find articles.

•The Lloyd Sealy Library at John Jay College offers a set of research guides, arranged alphabetically.

•Professor Catherine Lavender at the College of Staten Island has prepared On Writing a Research Essay, originally prepared for courses taught in the CSI history department. Prof. Lavender has also written a useful guide to evaluating a Web site.

The Seven Steps of the Research Process is a basic guide from the librarians at Cornell University.

TILT, or Texas Information Literacy Tutorial, an elaborate is a basic guide from the librarians at Cornell University.

Using the World Wide Web for Research

•The Mina Rees Library at the Graduate Center offers an Introduction to Web Searching.

•The York College Library has a good guide to Using the World Wide Web for Research.

Citing Sources and Documentation Styles

•The WriteSite's Overview of Citing Sources includes links to style handbooks and a brief summary of MLA Style.

•The Hunter College Library has a guide to documenting sources using APA style.

Citing Sources is a good all-purpose guide from Duke University.

•Bedford/St. Martin's, the publisher, has put up free guides to citing on-line sources and to research and documentation.

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