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Writing about Literature and the Environment

What can I find here?

This page is a jumping-off point for any research related questions you might have.  We're using this page to direct you to other how-to guides that will help you to develop and improve your research skills.  Looking for something that you can't find? Use the Ask a Librarian form to let us know!

How-to Guides

The Research Process

Learn the steps of success for a research project! This guide will walk you through the steps of the research process from pre-research to outlining, in-depth research, and writing. 

How to choose a topic
Not sure where to get started? Or even how to choose a topic? This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of choosing a topic for your research including choosing a topic that is the right scope for your project or paper.

How to generate a keyword list
You've chosen your topic, now what? This guide will walk you through generating a keyword list to help you search library databases more effectively.

How to evaluate sources
Unsure how to tell if your resource is credible? This guide will help you determine what questions to ask, and how to begin evaluating your sources.

How to identify, select, and use peer-reviewed sources

What is a peer-reviewed source, and how do you find one? This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of finding and identifying peer-reviewed sources for your research.