The following documents provide basic information on effective methods for researching a topic.
- Library Research Guide
Learn the skills to become information literate and improve research techniques. To self-enroll in the Library Research Guide review the following document, Library Research Guide Instructions.
- Seven Steps to Successful Research
Guidelines for successful research strategies.
- Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals
Differences between scholarly and popular magazines and journals.
- Evaluating Internet Websites
Provides evaluation points that can be applied to an internet source used for research purposes.
- Library of Congress Classification System
A general breakdown of the LC Classification subject areas.
Using proper citations gives credit to authors for original ideas and work and protects you from plagiarism. Plagiarism is using the writings or ideas of another person without giving them credit. Any student caught plagiarizing will be subjected to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from the college.
The easiest way to avoid plagiarism is to give credit to the author for thoughts and ideas that are not your own and properly cite exact quotes you want to use in your writing.
Read Academic Dishonesty to find out what might constitute academic dishonesty or plagiarism.
"Avoiding Plagiarism," from Northwestern University, provides more information with guidelines and tips for citation and avoiding plagiarism in your writing.
When doing research be sure to write down citation information should you later want to quote or cite any ideas in your own work. All the database articles have citation information either within the article or within the abstract; be sure to print that out along with the article in order to keep track of the information.
Brief Guides for citing resources:
For more help, consult Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL):
- MLA ( Modern Languages Association )
- APA ( American Psychological Association )
- ASA ( American Sociological Association )
- Chicago Manual of Style
- CNM Libraries Copyright Policy
The Libraries' copyright policy, along with information and resources regarding copyright law
- Copyright Permission
Information and resources for obtaining copyright permission