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CHLS 104 - Shaver Fall 2020: Research Basics

Where do I start?

How do I start researching? What do I need? What exactly am I looking for?! It's due when?! Help me please!!

Like any great adventure such as traveling or cooking, you need to ask yourself what are my goals, what am I trying to achieve? And what are the guidelines I have to follow in order to achieve said goals?

Why are these questions important?! 

Because you cannot cook every single recipe you found on the Food Network, in one hour, with one pan, and only three eggs at hand. In order to meet your deadline and produce quality work, you need to focus on your resources, your time, and your assignment details. Let's get started!

Here's a checklist to get you started:

1. Review the assignment details.

2. Find a topic and create a research question. 

3. Review the assignment requirements. Take note of what types of sources and how many sources your assignment requires. Scholarly, peer-reviewed? Popular sources? 

4. Create a research strategy. Also known as a search strategy.

5. Start your search at CSULB Library.