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English Language Learners: Academic Research

A guide to help students who speak English as their second language with academic research and writing.

Research Strategy

Need help searching strategically for research assignments? Here's some tips:

  1. Consult background resources to choose, explore, and develop your topic.
  2. Formulate an arguable and concise research question based on your topic to answer through your research.
  3. Choose keywords from your research question and additional alternative keywords to use when searching databases.
  4. Remember to evaluate search results to see if the searches you're trying are effective.

Subject Specific Help

When doing scholarly research, it's helpful to use resources dedicated to your field. Use our subject-specific Help Guides as a starting place for research. All our guides are available from our Research Help Guides page. If you need more help, schedule an appointment with a librarian.

Research Tutorials

How to Start Research

Initial Topic Formation

Developing a Research Question

Keyword Searching

How to Read a Scholarly Article

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

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