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Research help

This guide will help you at all stages of the research process, from choosing a topic to citing your sources.

Organize your research paper

As you gather and read information about your topic, collect citations and take notes about your sources in this downloadable article matrix. Use the article matrix to identify the themes written about in your articles. Once your matrix is filled out, you can easily see how different authors’ ideas relate to other authors’ ideas, and you can synthesize them in your writing.

Store & organize your resources

Create personal accounts within our databases to save and access your resources anytime, anywhere, and from any device.

  • EBSCO databases (Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EBSCO eBooks)
    • Sign into your EBSCO account.
    • Perform a search.
    • Save articles and searches, check out eBooks, create customized folders, share folders with classmates, and set up search alerts. See example.
  • Gale databases (Academic OneFile, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Opposing Viewpoints)
    • Option 1
    • Sign in to your Gale account.
    • Perform a search.
    • Save articles, searches, citations, and notes to your Gale account. See example.
    • Option 2
    • Sign in with your Google account.
    • Perform a search.
    • Save articles, citations, and notes to Google Drive. Learn more.
  • Google Scholar
    • Sign in to your Google account.
    • Perform a search.
    • Select Save to permanently save articles and citations to My library. See example.

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