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Academic Research - Getting Started

What is Academic Research?
There are many differences between academic research and the research you conducted in high school, both in the kinds of papers you are expected to write and the types of sources you are required to consult.

This module will introduce you to:Research Image
  • Types of resources available throughout the information cycle
  • Research conversations and the scholarly research process
  • Academic literacy and the accessibility of scholarly information
Research Conversations
The Scholarly Research Process

There are several steps in the research process.  Each builds on the other and when performed successfully results in a well researched and documented paper/project. The image below demonstrates the various steps of research. You may want to try out our Research Project Calculator, just plug in your topic information and you'll be guided to variety of resources and tools, as well as an assignment tracker.
 
 
Academic Resources/Services
The Miller Center Library collects a wide variety of resources available for checkout and/or use in the library. You know that we have books and journals, but did you know...
  • We have subject specific, documentary, and entertainment DVDs
  • We keep print copies of the St. Cloud Times, Star Tribune, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal for two months
  • Group study rooms have computers that you can use for papers and projects
  • Faculty librarians are available for one-on-one and group consultations
The Information Cycle
Scholarly Resources

Scholarly Resources - University Libraries
Virginia Commonwealth University
How to Read a Scholarly Article
 


How to Read a Scholarly Article - WesternLibraries 
Western University


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