Skip to main content

Research 101

An introduction to Penfield Library, basic college research tools and techniques.

Welcome New Students

Welcome to College-Level Research

Research at the college level requires good time management, planning, sharpened critical thinking, and consulting with librarians to locate scholarly sources of information.   

This guide includes some of the basic tools to help with your research. 

  • Use the "What is...?" tab to find definitions of key research-related terms. 
  • Use the "How to...?" tab for video tutorials and explanations with detailed steps and explanations.

High School vs College Research

Students new to college-level research should be prepared to experience differences in the research process, the library experience, and the assignments and projects they will encounter.

Reference

Head, A.J. (2013). Learning the ropes: How freshmen conduct course research once they enter college. Project Information Literacy Research Report. Retrieved from https://www.projectinfolit.org/uploads/2/7/5/4/27541717/pil_2013_freshmenstudy_fullreportv2.pdf

Ask a Librarian