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ENGL 1221: Writing Seminar


Research and the Library

Use this research guide as a starting point for your research, but please remember that librarians are also available for research assistance. Librarians can also help you craft a research strategy, assist in topic selection for your research project or paper, assist in keyword identification and assist in identifying helpful resources for your topic.


Need Help?

You can contact your personal librarian, stop by the library and speak to the librarian on duty, or send an email to

Starting Your Research

Photo courtesy of ONU Communications and Marketing, Trevor Jones, Klondike the Polar Bear reading a book in the library stacks.

Follow these tips to produce a successful research paper or project:

  1. Start your research early to give yourself plenty of time to find the resources you need. 
  2. Consult a librarian if you are having trouble finding resources.  
  3. Remember to keep track of your sources and cite your sources.  
  4. Use this guide to assist you in your research process.  


Photo courtesy of ONU Communications and Marketing, Trevor Jones                                                                                                                      

Research Process

The research process is circular and involves doubling back to repeat steps.

Questions - Session 1

How do I narrow my topic to work for my assignment?

How do I search for sources related to my topic?

Questions - Session 2

How do I know whether a source is appropriate to use in my paper?