Research Basics

Academic Research Basics

Research is defined as a "diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc." according to The shape of your research may differ based on your field of study, but the basic steps of a research process will remain the same.

This guide provides resources and instruction to familiarize you with the basics of academic research. Use the tabs on the left to explore topics.

Beginning Your Research

You can use DISCOVERY on the library's homepage to begin your search for books and articles. You can also search directly from subject specific databases.

Subject Guides are developed by librarians to assist you in identifying subject-related databases, books, and websites.

You may also find our guides on Using the Library, Writing, and How to Cite helpful.