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Cole/O'Brien/Schwartz GEO 600/610/620 Senior Research Projects  

Spring 2013
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Steps to Success

These steps to success are explained on the right.  Mix and match them depending on your assignment.


1. Find Background Information

2. Find Books in Allecat

3. Search Indexes for Journal Articles

4. Find Internet Resources

5. EVALUATE your sources

6. Cite what you use.



Consult a Reference Librarian

Librarians can help you to find the best books and databases with lots of great stuff!

This web page was created by Reference Librarian Don Vrabel.  Contact him via email or at 332-3769.

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1. Find Background

Our library has many specialized encyclopedias, in print and online, with introductory information on your topic.

Credo Reference, with over 600 electronic reference books, is a great place to start

Search the Reference Collection


2. Find Books

Search Allecat, the catalog of print or electronic books as well as videos at Allegheny.

Allecat Keyword Search is the best way to begin searching.

When you find a useful book, click on one of the Subjects to find additional relevant titles.


3. Find Journal Articles

To find Journal Articles, start with an Index.   

There are some great indexes available,  Look at the Finding Articles tab.


4. Find Internet Resources

Click the Websites tab for some great Internet resources.


5. Evaluate everything

Your professor expects you to evaluate everything you find --
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Reliable?  How do you know?  Fact or opinion?  Who created the site? 

Here are 2 links that will help:

Critically Analyzing Information Sources   and    Evaluating Web Pages


6. Cite what you find

Record where you found your information. 

These three guides will help you to cite sources correctly:

 APA Style

 MLA Style

 Chicago Manual also known as Turabian


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