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Doing Library Research

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 on the left 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.

Online Video Tutorials

Using the library's resources is very easy! Let us show you how. Check out our video tutorials:


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