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How To Do Research

Getting Started

Gathering Information

Evaluating Information
Putting It All Together


Getting Started

How to Write a Thesis Statement (Indiana University)
What's My Topic? (Oklahoma City Community College)
Writing the Research Paper: PowerPoint Presentation (Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.) 

Remember to check CYRIL , the Siena Library catalog, for other resources 
You could also try some Interactive Tutorials on information literacy.

Gathering Information

What do the numbers on the books mean?

Call numbers identify an item's exact location on the shelf. To locate a book, a DVD, or a bound journal, you must have its call number. The Standish Library, like most colleges and universities, uses Library of Congress call numbers. The following guides provide a good overview to understanding call numbers.

Guide to Understanding Call Numbers (University of Miami Libraries)
Library of Congress Classification Guide
Understanding Call Numbers (Honolulu Community College Library)

What is a primary source?

College students are making greater use of primary resources in their research papers and other assignments. But there is still a great deal of uncertainty as to what qualifies as a primary source. The following guides define and give examples of primary source material. They also assist in locating primary sources available in print and on the web.

Primary Sources (Boston University Libraries)
Using Primary Sources on the Web (Reference & User Services Association--History Section, American Library Association)
Selected Primary Sources in the Siena Library 

How to find reviews

How to Find Film Reviews
How to Find Book Reviews

Remember to check CYRIL, the Siena Library catalog, for other resources.

Evaluating Information

How do I know if a web page is credible?

“My professor says we may use only credible web pages.  What makes a web page credible?” To learn how to evaluate the usefulness of a web page, here are a couple of good sources.”

Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University)

Magazines, periodicals, scholarly journals: What's the difference?

Academic libraries collect a variety of types of periodicals including general interest periodicals, news magazines, trade journals, and scholarly journals.  They are not equally appropriate for all class assignments.  Having difficulty determining if a title is a scholarly journal? The following sources provide a good review.

Differentiate Between Popular Magazines, Trade Magazines and Scholarly Journals (Thompson Rivers Univ.)
Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Publications (Cornell University Libraries)
Remember to check  CYRIL, the Siena Library catalog, for other resources.

Putting it all Together

An annotation is just a description, correct?

“I know how to write a bibliography.  An annotation is just a description, correct?” Not exactly.  To check out how to write an annotated bibliography, take a look at the following web pages.

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Cornell University)
How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography  (Western State College of Colorado)
How to Write an Annotated Bibliography (Wesleyan University Library)

Citing Sources and Plagiarism

The golden rule of research and writing: cite your sources!

Avoiding Plagiarism  (University of California-Davis)
Citing Sources (Purdue University Libraries)
Sources and Citations at Dartmouth College 

Are you having problems developing or organizing ideas, writing style, grammar,
or punctuation?  Suffering from writer's block?  Check out Siena's Writing Center!

Remember to check CYRIL, the Siena Library catalog, for other resources.