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SLS 1106 Life Skills Collection: College Success

The purpose of the Life Skills Collection is to help you in college and beyond by providing information and resources for essential life skills.

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Campus Resources: Academic Support

Research Process in 5 Steps


1. Identify and develop your topic

  • State your topic as a question: _______________________________
  • What type of paper is it? Persuasive    Informative   Narrative    Other:_____
  • Identify main concepts and develop a list of keywords from your topic statement :


·Thesis statement: ______________________________________

2. Identify the search tools you will need to find information on your topic

  • MDC Libraries Catalog for books, media, and other physical resources owned by the MDC Libraries
  • MDC Library Databases that best suit your subject or topic: __________________
  • Use specialized Google services such as Google Scholar to locate specialized reports and research materials on your topic: ________________________________________________________

3. Develop a list of keywords and concepts

  • _________________________________________________________

4. Evaluate what you find

  • Carefully look at author credentials, date of publication, editor and publisher to determine authority and credibility of source.
  • Carefully examine the intended audience of the source to determine if it is the appropriate source for your needs.
  • Examine the content for obvious errors, objectivity, support documentation, and coverage of topic.
  • Understand the difference between scholarly journals, professional literature, and popular sources so you know how to use them

5. Manage what you find by using the appropriate citation format and/or citation manager and avoid plagiarism

  • Understand how the basic elements of the format style such as MLA citation format (Purdue Owl)

Acknowledging, paraphrasing & Quoting Sources

Procrastination Help

How to Think, not what to think