Start Your Research

This set of informational tutorials outline steps to assist you when starting your research.  From finding background information to refining search techniques in the Libraries’ databases, you will learn significant skills to help you begin mastering the research process.

Prefer to talk with an expert?  The Yale-NUS Librarians are available to meet with you for research consultations.


IDENTIFY your Question

Choose a Topic

Narrow or broaden a topic

Identify keywords

WorkSheet: Thinking Tool: Choosing a Topic and Search Terms – LOEX

EXPLORE Background Information

Encyclopedias and other reference sources

Bibliographies – how to read and look up citations

FIND your Sources

Build a Search Strategy

Types of Sources

Searching Databases for Books and Articles

Searching by Citation

EVALUATE What you Find

Evaluate the Relevance of Your Sources

Evaluate the Quality and Credibility of Your Sources

Evaluate Content from the World Wide Web

How to identify a scholarly source

USE & CITE your Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism

Cite Your Sources

Keep Track of Your Research

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Starting Your Research by University of California Santa Cruz, University Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.  Some content has been modified to suit the curricular and research needs of Yale-NUS College.  All changes are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.