Research assignments are most effectively completed by breaking the process into steps. See also, :
Select a topic or break the assigned topic into a manageable scope (e.g., effect of ocean temperature on whale reproductive rates rather than simply reseaching whales)
Identify the key concepts pertaining to your research topic (e.g., ocean temperature and whales and reproduction)
Select databases covering environmental science or biology from the Subject Research Guides to locate articles and search them using your key concepts (see Articles tab for more information)
Books are broader in scope than articles, so search for whales and reproduction in the online catalog (see Books for more information)
Many articles and books are available online, but if you need an item owned by the library in print and you live over 50 miles from campus, use the Intercampus Loan form to request the item to be delivered to you
Books and articles not owned by UWF may be obtained from other libraries by using the Interlibrary Loan service. This is free and items will be delivered electronically to you or mailed to your home if you live over 50 miles from campus.
Review your material critically to ensure that it is scholarly, current enough, relevant, and appropriate for your research (for example, there is a tutorial on distinguishing between scholarly and popular sources)
Create a rough draft and save it to your H drive or a flash drive, as well as to your hard drive if you are researching from home. Making a backup file is always a good idea.
Use the grammar and spell checks available to you in your word processing software.
Avoid plagiarism by using your own words and citing sources you use, especially quotes (there is an online tutorial on plagiarism for more information
Ask a colleague or friend to read the article to make sure it is logical and clearly written
Review your list of references for accuracy and add to your paper
Correct and send the final paper by the due date. Don't forget to include your list of sources or reference list . Remember to save a backup copy.
Read any research assignment carefully
View the library homepage (library.uwf.edu) the central section of the homepage has tabs that provide access to databases and the catalog in addition to listing services and research help options.
TUTORIALS provide introductions to library basics and explanations of many aspects of research including avoiding plagiarism, distinguishing between popular and scholarly articles, choosing a topic, and a guide to writing research papers.