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This guide is designed to help you conduct university level academic research using library resources.

Begin by:

  1. Choosing a research question.
  2. Identify keywords and brainstorm for synonyms.
  3. Determine how many sources you need and what type (e.g., academic or popular).
  4. Use WorldCat UMD to find books, DVDs, government documents etc.
  5. Find additional background information in the database CQ Researcher.
  6. Use Research Port to access databases for articles from magazines, newspapers and journals.
  7. Cite your sources using MLA Style.

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