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Introduction to Research (Mont Alto)

Learn how to identify the best keywords for your assignment, find the right information, and then cite it!

Getting Started with Research

This guide was created to help you learn the essentials of conducting library research for your classes and will give you tips on: 

  • Brainstorming a topic
  • Developing keywords and a search strategy
  • Finding sources appropriate for your assignment using library databases and Internet sources
  • Evaluating and selecting the best resources for your assignment
  • Citing your sources in using MLA format

You can always schedule an appointment with one of the Mont Alto librarians or use the University Libraries' Ask a Librarian service if you need additional help.

Mont Alto Librarians

  • Kristi Addleman Ritter | (717) 749-6042 | kra132@psu.edu
  • Tom Reinsfelder | (717) 749-6041 | tlr15@psu.edu

Need Help with Writing?

If you're ready to write your paper and need assistance the best place to get help is the Writing Center in the Academic Support Center, located on the ground floor of the General Studies Building. Make an appointment with them by visiting their scheduling website.