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How to Research: Start Here

Just getting started on a research paper or project? Don't know where to start? This is the guide for you!

Online Tutorials

Want to learn and test your knowledge along the way?

The University of Alberta Libraries has developed an easy-to-follow online tutorial on the research process. Note that some of the information is specific to U of A Libraries.

Read Your Assignment

The first step is understanding your assignment. Read it thoroughly and note any specific requirements:

  • Type of assignment (essay, poster, report, debate, annotated bibliography, literature review, presentation)
  • Number of resources required
  • Types of resources required (articles, books, videos, etc.)
  • Citation format (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)

Ask your instructor about anything you don't understand.

About this Guide

Research lends credibility to your own thoughts and ideas.

This guide will help you with the steps in the research process.

Each part of the guide reviews a different research skill and explains specific search tools at MHC.


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This "How To Research" guide was created by Red Deer College Library. MHC Libraries has modified the content to include resources available at Medicine Hat College.