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Doing Library Research: Home

Learn about the research process, choosing and defining a topic, searching for the best information from library resources and on the web, and more.

How to Use This Research Guide

Holy Family librarians created this guide to help you understand, develop, and apply basic library research skills and concepts.  This guide will show you:

  • How the library is arranged (physically and online) to provide the best information
  • How to choose and focus a topic
  • How to create a search strategy
  • Where to search and how to find the best resources for your project
  • How to evaluate what you find
  • Why, when, and how to cite sources properly

Go through this guide page by page to understand the research process for most projects, such as research papers, speeches, literature reviews, presentations, and more. Or find quick answers to individual research questions. Navigate using the tab menus above or jump to the "How do I...?" page.

Remember, the reference librarians are always here to help! Email, call, chat/IM, text us, or stop by the reference desk during any open library hours.

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Your Library Account and Off Campus Database Login

We have CHANGED how you log in to the library management system! 

**  To search the Research Databases, go to the Research Databases page and select a database. 

**  To see what you have checked out and to manage your library materials, sign into our new Discovery Service

When logging into either system, you should see the login screen below.

* Your login for the databases and your library check out records will now be your HF USER NAME (usually first initial and last name, plus any numbers preceding the @ symbol in your HF email). Enter that in the first box.

* The first time you log in click set/reset password.

* You will be prompted to enter your HF USER NAME again. Click "Request New Password."

* You will receive an email in your Holy Family account. Click the link to set/reset your password.

* Try logging in again. 

* For help email us at:



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