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How to get help Spring 2020

This quarter is going to be different, and I acknowledge that. Know that the library is here for you to the best of our abilities. Here are some ways of getting help:

  • Please start by checking out our remote resources guide.
  • If you want a zoom consultation with me or another librarian: please find availability in my zoom calendar. Be sure to select my name from the list of librarians available. Note: these will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • The Teaching and Learning Center is still available for you for e-tutoring and zoom:


Photo of Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge over Puyallup River

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Starting Points for Research

Step 1: Get background information

Search reference sources to gain a broad understanding of your topic and find possible sources. These are great to use for generating keywords to later use in a search. Here is one good place to start. More can be found on Getting Started.

Step 2: Search for scholarly literature

Use a search tool to find scholarly articles on your topic like the ones listed blow. More can be found on the "Search Tools" page. As you do this, break your topic into keywords.

Step 3: Saving Sources for Later Citation

During the research process, you will find a variety of scholarly articles. Many search tools allow you to send the PDF full-text of the article, but if you'd like to save your citations for future, use you might consider using a Citation Manage System.

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Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman