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Research Tutorials


To conduct research, you need to be able to:

  • identify what you are looking for (determine the topic)
  • assess the type of information needed
  • find the information
  • evaluate to insure the information is useful and trustworthy
  • document your sources and avoid plagiarism

Topic Development 

Selecting Sources 

Using Library Online Sources

Using the Web

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

  • MLA. The best way for students to learn MLA format for documenting research papers -- with interactivity & a certificate to prove you did it.
  • APA Reference Guide
  • NoodleBibAn MLA Works Cited generator and plagiarism avoidance tool (free to members of the DCCCD Community)
    • Tour - 6 screenshots with bullets for a fast overview
    • NoodleBib Tips - 2 page handout
    • Videos - 4 Screencasts prepared by a DCCCD librarian. Watch, listen, learn.
    • User's Guide - A 67 page detailed instruction manual
    • Knowledge Base - A database of how-to articles and expert answers
    • E-mail advice with 24 hour turn around time. Click the "Have a question?" link by the citation you're puzzled about.