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Lyman Briggs Library Resources

Searching for Articles

These videos will show you how to start your research and find what you need in the library databases.

Uncertainty in Research

One of the hardest things about research is that you're going into the unknown; you can't know what answers you'll ultimately find, and often you're not really sure what you should be looking for at first. This is normal! Even very experienced researchers feel that way when they start a new topic or project. The trick is to really to accept that for a while you won't know what you're doing and trust that at some point you will know. That's just how the research cycle works.

Searching with a Purpose

Anatomy of a Citation

This video will be helpful if you have a specific article you need to find, or if you want to see the entire run of a journal that you've seen mentioned in an article or reference list.