1. Don’t plagiarize intentionally
2. Use the databases offered by the college to attain scholarly journals
3. Don’t be afraid to use wikipedia – you can use it to find other sources
4. Using AND and OR helps increase the relevance of your search
5. Use truncation if there are different ways a certain word is used to you dont miss out on important sources
6. Use the BEAM (background exhibit argument method) method to organize and effectively use your sources
7. Use the Gale Reference Library for background information on your topic before you form your research question
8. Make sure that your research question is a good one – not too broad, ambiguous, or unanswerable. No double questions.
9. When reading through sources, make sure you write all of them down so you dont end up plagiarizing accidendally
10. Pick a topic that you are actually interested in, and don’t procrastinate!