Use My Sources

You have a pile of sources in front of you -- ones that you evaluated and chose as a place to start your research. Now what do you do?

  • Review your list of research questions, and choose one question to focus on first. For now, look for information that answers just that question. 
  • Pick a source from your pile that seems like it will have answers to your research question. 
  • You do not have to read the entire source. 
  • Scan the table of contents, index, headings, captions -- or use the find function, to find specific information to answer your question within a source. 
  • Skim the page/s to find the specific information that may answer your question. 


Click on the source to find out how to use it in all its formats (print, online, database).









Nonfiction Book

Primary Source

Specialized Encyclopedia



Next => Now that you have used a source to find the answer to one of your research question, it is time to read the information closely and take notes.

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