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View the list of research databases by subject area to find full-text articles.
View the list of resources that have downloadable eBooks or eAudiobooks.
Basic Steps in the Research Process Learn the basic steps in the research process from choosing a topic to turning your paper in from the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.CRLS Research Guide
Internet Public Library A+ Research & Writing Tips Do you need help writing a paper? Find links and advice for high school and college students from the Internet Public Library.
Open Directory Book Review Help Learn how to write a great book report with these links.Open Directory Project Reference
STEP 3. USE THE ONLINE CATALOG TO FIND MATERIALS The Cumberland County Library System's Online Catalog includes books, journals, DVDs, and other materials that are part of the member libraries' collections.
STEP 4. USE INDEXES TO FIND JOURNAL ARTICLES Use indexes, abstracts, and other research databases to find citations to articles. The indexes and abstracts may be in print or online or both. Choose the indexes and format best suited to your particular topic; ask at the reference desk if you need help figuring out which index and format will be best.
STEP 5. FIND INTERNET RESOURCES Use search engines and subject directories to locate materials on the Internet.
STEP 6. EVALUATE WHAT YOU HAVE FOUND Evaluate the authority and quality of your resources based on the author's credentials, the publisher and year of publication, edition, etc. Look at the content as well, focusing on the intended audience, primary versus secondary sources, objective reasoning, and writing style. If you have found too many or too few sources, you may need to narrow or broaden your topic.
STEP 7. USE A STANDARD FORMAT TO CITE WHAT YOU FIND FOR YOUR BIBLIOGRAPHY Use style manuals for APA, Chicago, or MLA to format the citations in your bibliography. They will also contain information on how to cite properly an electronic or Internet resource.
American Psychological Association's Guide to Citing Electronic Resources APA Style Citations
Chicago Manual of Style: Examples of Chicago-style Citations Chicago Style Citations
Modern Language Association's Guide to Citing Electronic Resources MLA Style Citations