Have a research paper but don’t know where to begin? Here are three good places to start:
The Research Toolkit provides an overview of the different steps of research. Start with the section on Topic Development to brainstorm a paper topic, learn about Search Strategies before you jump into a database, find instructions for how to access databases and Find Sources, and more!
If you are doing research in a specific topic but don’t know where to find relevant sources, Research Guides are your best bet. These guides have librarian-curated resources that are useful for specific topics, such as Environmental Science, Social Work, Historical Primary Sources, and many others.
Ask for help! You can ask questions via email, make appointments for dedicated research consultations, and contact us via our chat service to get help with tasks like brainstorming keywords, finding sources, and using specialized Library resources. Librarians are available via email and scheduled research consultations during the week. Our Student Peer Research Consultants are available to help over chat during the week and on Sunday afternoons. After business hours our chat is monitored by librarians and staff from member libraries in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, so you will always get a response!