You are ready to begin researching a topic when you can answer the following questions:
The easiest way to search for research articles is to use Google Scholar.
You can also find articles using a library database.
A library database is an organized collection of articles that lets you search search for a particular topic, article, or book in a variety of ways (e.g., keyword, subject, author, title).
Materials and information available in a library database may never appear in a Google Scholar search, or in a Google search. If Google isn't giving you what you need, try one of the databases below:
Once you have one (or more) useful article on a topic, use the references at the end of article to find more sources on your topic using our Citation Search tool. This helps you see what was written previous to your current article, often called citing backward.
Use Google Scholar to see who has cited your article after it was published. This helps you see what has been written after your article was published, citing forward.
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Here are two excellent resources for Annotated Bibliography.
There are many resources for help with writing on campus.
For some easy to use guides to citing in MLA, APA and other popular citation styles, go to our Writing and Citing page: http://www.library.rochester.edu/reference/writing
The Writing, Speaking and Argument Center can help you at any stage of writing: http://writing.rochester.edu/help/index.html