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Research Basics


When conducting research, it is important to integrate your sources accurately into your paper. Research includes library research, internet research, field research, case studies, analyses of statitics and questionnaires. Research must be credited and documented according to established rules. Several styles have been adapted for different disciplines which notify readers when ideas other than your own have been used in your paper.

Robert J. Terry Library
Located on the Carol Harris Simms sculpture plaza, the Robert J. Terry library offers numerous services for students including open collections, special collections, electronic resources, private reading / study rooms and an open computer lab. Students can gain instruction and assistance with library resources at the reference desk or Ask a Librarian.

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Many different types of media can be documented as sources, including:
  • Published and unpublished writings.
  • Statistics or facts that are not widely known.
  • Images, such as artwork, charts, graphs, or advertisements.
  • Interviews, letters, or e-mail letters.
  • Television, movies, videos, or websites.
You should always credit work that is not your own. Make sure to include an in-text citation and citation entry for all:
  • Direct quotes.
  • Summaries.
  • Paraphrases.