Once you’ve read the existing research on your topic, you will form your own opinions and begin to craft an argument. Next in your research process, you will gather evidence. This means finding articles, books, or other resources that provide specific facts or logic to support your argument. It also involves evaluating these sources and reading them critically.
- Start with the “Finding Sources” section of the Entering the Research Conversation web page.
- Do you need a book or article we don’t have? Or is what you need already checked out? We can help you get it! (For more information, see our video on requesting from other libraries or read the PDF transcript.)
- Get help with common questions related to books and articles:
Evaluating Sources & Reading Critically
- Learn how to evaluate your sources using the “BEAM” method.
- This tutorial on the research process can help you learn how to read critically and use sources to support an idea. (text transcript)
Getting Help... from a Librarian
- Use our website to schedule an in-person appointment with a librarian.
- Contact us by text, IM, email, or phone.
- Feel free to drop by a library research desk (Lied’s is on the first floor) for in-person assistance!