Research Guides

Library Research Guides & Resources

The Research Process


The research guides below have been organized according to the Six-Step Research Process, a plan that allows you to be methodical in carrying out your search, locating information, and in evaluating and citing your sources. Use the guides below to help you execute your plan.

Getting Started: Understanding Research 

How to Research: The Research Process (PDF)

Information Cycle (PDF)

1. Select a Topic 

Choose a Current or Controversial Topic (PDF) 

2. Conduct Background Research 

Online Library Learning Center: Get Background Information 

3. Focus Topic and Develop a Research Question

Online Library Learning Center: Focus Your Search

The Writing Center: How to Write a Research Question

4. Find Information  

Finding Books:

How to Search the Catalog (PDF)

Library of Congress Classification System (PDF) 

Finding Magazines and Journals:

Guide to Remote Access to Databases (PDF)

Periodical Titles in the Library (PDF)

EVC Library Find Articles Page

5. Evaluate Sources

Evaluating Sources (PDF)

Scholarly vs Popular (PDF)

Tips for Evaluating Sources
Checking for signs of bias, assessing an argument, authorship, sponsorship, purpose and audience, currency.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Uses some fictitious examples to prove that evaluating a web site requires good critical thinking skills.

ICYouSee: a guide to critical thinking about what you see on the Web. 

6. Cite Sources 

APA Style (PDF)

MLA Style (PDF)

MLA and APA Citation Style, Cornell University Library

The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University  Writing help and teaching resources

Need more help on citing your sources? See the library's Citation Help page.​

​Subject Resource Guides

See our guides below for recommended resources in the various subject areas.


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