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Academic Research: A Guide for International Students: Research Process

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Introduction to Academic Research

What is an Academic Library?
An academic library is a central part of a college or university campus.
Students often go to the library for a quiet place to study for their classes or to study in groups.

Libraries are also the place where you conduct research for your school projects and assignments. You can find books, articles, even videos at the library. All you need to do is search the library's online catalog using a computer. It is very easy!

There are also a lot of people at the library who can help you with your research. We're called librarians, and we want to help you succeed. Don't be afraid to ask for help!

What is Academic Research?
You will go to the library to:

  • Search for resources with: keywords, key phrases, subjects, topics, titles, authors’ names, periodical titles, call numbers
  • Find resources: books, articles, videos, audio, online and electronic files
  • Request a resource that is not available in the library
  • Print a document or file from a computer
  • Save a document or file on a flashdrive
  • Email a document or file using a computer that is connected to the Internet
  • Ask a librarian for help

Why is Research Necessary?
Conducting research is necessary because it helps you learn more about a topic or subject and develop your thinking about that topic.
Information Literacy is a skill that every student should have. It means you know how to think and apply information in an intelligent way.

It may be difficult, but it can help you be a better learner!


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Research Center Desk
Visit our "Make an Appointment" page to schedule a research consultation with a reference librarian.

You can also get in touch with the Research Center Desk during our operating hours at (303) 871-2905.