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Need to develop your idea?

If you are just starting your research, you may need to develop your topic further. Ask yourself:

  • What do I already know?
  • What do I need to know?

As you consider these questions, take a look at a few of our reference resources for general, background information about your topic. The information you find in these resources will help you determine what you need to know, what search terms or keywords to use, and what, exactly, it is that you hope to discover through your research.

How to Use this Guide

This guide contains suggested resources and how-to tutorials to guide you through your research. 

If you're just starting your research, read Need to develop your idea? to the left. See the Articles & Journals tab for links to scholarly journal research resources. See Books, Videos & Websites for recommended monographs, videos and websites. See the Testing & Assessment tab for testing and assessment instruments and resources.

Need some help formatting your citations? Select the RefWorks tab at the top of the page to learn how to organize your research and cite your sources.

Feeling lost? Select the Research Process tab at the top of the page to access an in-depth tutorial on all the steps of the research process.

For general Library FAQs and tutorials, see the How do I...? tab.

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