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International Student Resources & Services: Research Tips

This LibGuide was created to help International Students learn about Regent University Library resources and succeed in conducting library research.

Developing Your Ideas

Need help with your outline, or thinking through your bits of information.  There are many resources available for you. 

At Regent University, you may visit the writing center to sit down with a staff member, or go online and access great tips at:

Another great online resource is the writing center at Purdue University at:

Research Tips

    1. Having computer problems?  The university help desk (IT) is always your best bet!  Click here to contact IT Support.
    2. Make sure you understand your assignment or project. If you do not, ask your instructor for more details.
    3. To understand basic library terminology, go to the Library Glossary page
    4. Use the most appropriate databases and reference materials in your research. Don't know where to start?  Ask a Librarian!
    5. Make complete and detailed notes of your references (citations) including author, title, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, volume, and page numbers. You will need this information for the bibliography for your paper/project.
    6. You can use many web-based library resources from your dorm, home, office, and campus computer labs. If you are a distance education student, read about Distance Access to these materials; your login is your Regent University e-mail username and password.
    7. Need more help? Ask a Librarian!

      Steps to Doing Research

      Below are the five basic steps to creating a great research paper.  Click on the tabs above in the areas you need assistance.

      • Define the problem - choose a broad topic then narrow the topic, and state your topic as a question.  Identify main concepts in your question.  List synonyms for the concepts
      • Select sources - determine range of sources needed
      • Access sources - acquire the sources by searching library catalog to find books, databases for articles or free Internet for web resources
      • Evaluate sources - analyze the resources and select the most appropriate ones to create the product
      • Cite sources - use proper citation style in the bibliography                                                                                                                   

      If you need a print out on the handout "5 basic steps to doing a research paper", click on the "Cycle of Research Process" link below.