Welcome to the Research Tutorial. This
tutorial will help you with the process of finding information and documenting
sources for the essay assignments in Reading and Writing in an Online
World or for other research projects. It focuses largely on helping
you locate, evaluate, and integrate library and Web sources into your writing
projects--either documented essays, online research projects, or traditional
Documented essays such as "problem-solution"
essays, argument essays, or exploratory essays usually require the author
to support his or her views with additional sources. This tutorial will
help you learn how to locate the sources you need. It will also help you
learn how to cite or document the sources in your writing.
If you have been asked to write a "research
paper" you are probably expected to conduct more information gathering
and background reading than you are accustomed to doing for most essays
or reports. Always check with your instructor to make sure that you understand
his or her expectations.
Optional: Read about How
Library Catalogs, Online Databases, and Web Sources are Organized