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Scholarly Research Tutorial: Introduction

Wondering where to start finding sources for a paper? Not sure where to go beyond Google? Start here for a quick tutorial in effective research methods for scholarly papers.

Learning Outcomes

This tutorial overall prepares students to:

  • Approach information research in a systematic way
  • Address an information need by finding and efficiently using a variety of formal information tools and sources.
  • Evaluate the quality of the information.
  • Use information ethically and legally.

Adapted From

This guide was adapted from one created by Elizabeth Andrews in consultation with Alex Gomez and Carol Franck for the SUNY Potsdam Libraries.


College. Classes. Research Papers.

Let's imagine that you've been asked to write a research paper about theme parks.

If your usual strategy is to use Google, we've got news for you:

      Academic research means you need to step it up.

As you complete the tutorial, you will:

  • learn about search tools, including library databases, that contain resources not found in Google; and
  • acquire research skills that can be used anywhere!

Why does this matter? 

better research skills = better information = better research project

Don't settle for mediocre resources! Improve your final grade by using the highest quality sources you can find. Let's get started!

Web Sources

Interested in using web resources for your research project? Check out our Free Web Tutorial!