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Research 101: Getting started

Spring 2020

SPRING 2020 In addition to this guide, please see the guide we have created while classes have gone online:  

The situation is changing rapidly but we are doing our best to update that site as quickly as possible. 

Starting points for RESEARCH

I need help to understand my assignmentI need help to choose or focus a topicwhere can I find good sources for my research?

How can I evaluate sources that I've found?


Search tools

Use OneSearch to find books and articles from many databases at once  Find a specific databaseSearch the old catalog  Find a specific journal with the e-journal finder

Starting points for TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

I want a map of the libraryI need to borrow or return items from the library  I need help citing my sources I need help printing or photocopyingI need help accessing online resources from off-campus


Guide author

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Haruko Yamauchi



Parts of this resource have been adapted from (and the guide owes its basic visual aesthetic to) the Indiana University--Purdue University Indianapolis guide by Sara Lowe, itself adapted from the Indiana University Bloomington Library DIY project created by Andrea Baer and Julia Davis, in turn adapted from the original Portland State University Library DIY project created by Meredith Farkas, Amy Hofer, Lisa Molinelli, and Kimberly Willson-St. Clair.

Thank you to all for sharing their content, which may be reused and adapted under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license

This Library DIY version can also be adapted under the Creative Commons. Attribution-Share Alike license.

Welcome to Library 101!

This guide will help you as you conduct research and navigate Hostos library resources.

Librarians are also happy to provide one-on-one help in person!

Come see us at the Reference Desk: enter the library on the 3rd floor of the A building, then come downstairs and turn left.