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Not sure how to search for a particular item? Want to learn how to use a database? Use this Guide to get all the best tips and tricks.

Research Services & Outreach Librarian

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Kelleen Maluski
Sarah Lawrence Library
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Bronxville, NY 10708

Research Services Librarian

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Brooke Duffy
Sarah Lawrence Library
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708

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Want to improve your search results in the library catalog or databases? Not sure what the difference is between a keyword and subject search? Explore the tabs above to find some of our best tips and tricks.

Picking Your Topic is Research

Library Workshops

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Defining and Preventing Plagiarism: Sources, citations, common knowledge
Learn how to avoid the 10 different types of plagiarism and how to properly cite your sources.

Mendeley Workshop
Learn how to organize your research by using the citation management tool Mendeley. This workshop will show you how to add PDFs and other citations, organize and edit your library, and how to create bibliographies in your desired style (APA, MLA, etc).

PubMed Like a Pro
Learn how to best utilize PubMed, including features like MeSH, alerts, saving searches, and more.

Information Literacy for a Democratic Society
In this time of “Information Overload,” it can be hard to parse out the critical information you need to better engage in the world around you. This workshop helps you develop the skills to find, critically read, evaluate, and track credible sources to become an informed, active, and information literate member of society. Join us for a workshop with the Research Services Librarians to become a more engaged citizen by being information literate.

Research in the "Real World"
Worried about losing access to databases when you graduate? Learn what open access resources are available to you and how to find and utilize free and credible information. 

Topic Design Steps

1. Review Assignment: What's the assignment? What are the expectations for your work? Are there any specific parameters that you need to be aware of?

2. Brainstorm: Pick a topic that interests you! Do you have a strong opinion on something? Do you have a personal issue, problem, or pastime that you would like to know more about?

Librarian Tip: The research and writing will go by more quickly if you care about the topic you are researching!

3. Find Background Information: Reading an overview of a topic will allow you to better understand the landscape of what you are researching. This in turn will allow you to narrow in on a specific concept that piques your interest.

Librarian Tip: This process also allows you to find common vocabulary used in the field, which offers you keywords for your resource searching. Make a list of these keywords as you are going.

4. Focus Your Topic: Make sure to keep your work manageable by honing in on a specific thesis statement or question.

Librarian Tip: Remember to stay flexible while picking a thesis statement, if a topic is too broad or too narrow it will be hard to research. So keep in mind - picking your topic is research!

Topic Design Tools

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