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Research Made Easy: College Research

Everything you need to get you ready for college research

Start Here

Research is easier if you take it a step at a time.

Choosing a topic

The right topic is essential for successful research - not too general, not too narrow! Browse for ideas in these databases.

Best Source Selection

Depending on your topic, you will find your most valuable information in books, periodicals,or a combination of these sources.

Research Help

Books to help your research are available at Kirtland's library.

What Is the Internet?

An interesting Ted Talk discussing the Internet and what it really is. See below

Andrew Blum: What is the Internet, really? (11:59)

Smart Searching

This 6 minute video covers the basics of skillful searching.

Avoiding plagiarism!

Responsible and ethical use of the ideas of others is a requirement of good research.

Writing Help

Find Books & Ebooks

Find Articles

The best place to find articles is to search the Library's databases. You may have used some already to choose your topic.  Databases contain magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, video files, audio files, and podcasts. 

Conducting a database search is different than conducting a search with a web search engine.  The Database Searching LibGuide  provides some helpful tips for searching databases and evaluating sources.

*You will need to use your Single Sign-On user name and password to access the Library's databases.