About This Guide

This guide is designed to serve as a student resource to learn about research strategies and resources that will be useful when conducting research in general. We fully acknowledge that all student researchers come to college with a variety of previous research experience, all of it useful. Our goal, then, is to provide some starting points for those student researchers that are just getting started, or some advice to those that are stuck, or even a review for others.

This page will cover:

  • Types of information sources
  • Choosing a research topic
  • Doing background research

This page will cover:

  • Topic 1
  • Topic 2
  • Topic 3

This page will cover strategies for:

  • Developing research questions
  • Identifying main concepts in a research question
  • Creating search queries

This page will cover:

  • Topic 1
  • Topic 2
  • Topic 3

This page will cover the following topics:

  • Why to cite
  • When to cite
  • Information about various citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago)
  • Information about citation generators
  • Information about citation managers

What This Guide Will Cover

This guide will cover the following:

  • Strategies for evaluating sources of information.
  • Starting points for when you are getting started with your research.
  • Various search strategies for research resources in the library and on the web.
  • Various search tips to use across different research resources.
  • Information about attribution/citation. (work in progress)
  • Detailed guide for using specific research databases. (work in progress)
  • Information about how to navigate the PLU library. (work in progress)

What This Guide Won’t Cover

At this point, this guide is not able to provide step-by-step advice about how to navigate research resources. Instead, this guide focuses on showcasing strategies that can help you develop habits of mind that can be utilized across research resources and platforms.

If you would like to see something added to this guide, please contact Roberto Arteaga either by email or by scheduling a meeting with him.

How to Use This Guide

First of all, if you have any last minute questions about any research project, we recommend that you consult with a librarian as this guide will only provide general research guidance.

Since this guide is not meant to be a guided walk-through of the research process, we advise that you identify the task that you have to complete (locating an article, evaluating sources of information, for example) and then consult any relevant information in the guide. If there are still questions after reading a particular section from this guide, please consult with your professor or any of the librarians.

Seeking Additional Help

If the information in this guide does not prove particularly helpful, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of your librarians.

Creative Commons License
This guide was developed by Roberto A. Arteaga and Julie Babka and is licensed, unless otherwise noted, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Last modified: December 13, 2021