Learn more about your topic.
What sounds interesting to you from what you discover?
What gaps do you see in the information you have found?
Does it study the topic/question in a new way?
Does it connect findings to a larger or specific group of people?
Does it share a perspective not often heard?
Does it share a new solution or way to perform tasks?
Start using required sources of information.
The purpose of this phase is to actually find the resources that will enable you to complete your research. To do tis, you will want to:
Edit your sources to the best selections.
At this stage, you should begin to feel confident and your anxiety should be relieved somewhat. This is a result of:
- Staying on track
- Close to completion
- Still anxious
The purpose of this phase is to review the information to ensure that it is relevant and appropriate to your specific topic. This is also a good time to make sure that you are meeting all the assignment’s criteria. To do this, you will want to:
- Reread your course assignment guidelines
- Evaluate the information you found
- Review reference lists
Time to wrap things up and properly cite sources of information.
The purpose of this phase is to complete your information search and prepare to use the information you have found. In order to do this, you will want to:
Can't Find an Item You Want?
If you find a reference to a book or article that does not seem to be available through the online catalog or article databases, the SFCC Library can get it for you! Contact the Reference Desk at 509-533-3834 / 800-251-1972, or submit an online interlibrary loan request.
Keep in mind that it may take ten days to two weeks for print materials to arrive. Articles will be primarily emailed and typically take up to 24-72 hours to arrive.
This document, "Requesting a Document from the CCS Libraries," provides step-by-step instructions for requesting physical items, such as books and DVDs from the library.