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Introduction to Library Research

Off-Campus Access

Learn how to connect to resources off-campus

Topic Exploration

The following databases are a great place to explore issues. 

Develop a Research Question(s)

A research question is the question that drives your research. Read more information on how to write a research question.

Need help brainstorming? Try mapping your research ideas

Background Information

Try these reference collections to find background information on your topic:

Search Terms

Make a list of search terms by identifying the main concepts of your topic (keywords) and considering related terms.


  • Topic: How did Black Lives Matter utilize the hashtag to mobilize their social justice movement?
  • Keywords: Black Lives Matter, hashtag, social justice movement
  • Related terms: BLM, Twitter, social media, activism, protests, racial justice

Try this database to identify related search terms:

Use the Subject Guide Search to discover related subject terms.

The Topic Finder is a visual way to search that connects related concepts.

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