Research Skills

Seven stages of research for your Research paper

  1. Take time to think about your research topic and plan how you are going to approach it. Consider your main themes, historical context, key people and appropriate keywords for searching. It’s alright to use Wikipedia at this stage just to get broad definitions and ideas, but it is not considered to be a scholarly source for in depth research.
  2. Start at the College Library online catalogue and search for books and resources relating to your research topic.
    Make a note of the author, title and shelf number and see if you can find some of the resources.
  3. Your research should include a consideration or review of a variety of scholarly sources relating to your topic.
  4. Search some of the journal databases available via University of Evansville Libraries in particular JSTOR, Ebscohost, Project Muse.
  5. Look at some subject gateways for good quality academic websites.
  6. Don’t just scratch the surface with Google, search the deep web. See
    and try Google Scholar
  7. Finally, carry out an advanced Internet search using search strings and operators such as AND, OR and NOT.

Don’t forget!


        Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

        Times Digital Archive


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