This page is an introduction to using the library to find information. It gives you an overview of the research process, the types of information available, and the basic research tools
Step 1: Select topic and identify your keywords
- Express your topic or research question in a sentence.
- List all the ideas and concepts mentioned in your sentence. Be specific. You want a manageable number of useful results.
- Add synonyms of the words you have listed.
Step 2: Identify the best types of information needed
- Books - use books when you need depth or breadth of a subject, or for historical perspective.
- Articles - use journal articles when you need currency or a focused approach.
- Government documents or reports.
Step 3: Identify best resources and research tools
- Look at Finding Background Information. This guide will list the indexes, encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and manuals for finding information in the field of kinesiology.
Step 4: Carry out the searches and locate the items in the Library
Step 5: Evaluate the information that you have found
- Evaluate each source to ascertain that it is appropriate for a scholarly audience. Journal articles should be peer-reviewed. Check out this video on the differences between magazines and journals from the Peabody Library.
Step 6: Write your paper and do your bibliography
- Ensure that you make time for the research process.
- Collect your citations as you do your research. For information on writing style or to determine what format you should use with your citations, review Citing Sources.
- You may store and manage your citations in
- RefWorks also allows you to create and format bibliographies using these citations.
- Use the free Write-N-Cite plug-in to insert and format citations in your papers with MS Word.
Created by: Donald Moses, MLIS
Date Revised: October 2011